We reckon this could end up as one of the TV episodes of ‘Busted Abroad’ where gullible and/or downright stupid people try to smuggle drugs across international borders. In this particular case it was either one dumb, gullible bird, or perhaps a very devious one that got busted carrying drugs. Whichever it was, the bird in question was in fact a ‘carrier’ pigeon.
This particular rogue bird – or was he set up, given the backpack with assurances it was only personal items for a friend – was caught with almost 200 ecstasy pills stashed in his well-fitted, little denim backpack. Pictures of the pigeon after his ‘arrest’ show the remorseful looking bird still wearing the backpack, but opened displaying the specialty cargo product, ‘E’.
The bird was captured by authorities in Kuwait, having flown over from Iraq. Yes… we thought so too – what an odd region of the world for such bizarre drug trafficking. The bird was reportedly caught by authorities after being spotted flying around an inner-city office block.
It’s not clear to us why a pigeon flying around an office block is out of the ordinary, but perhaps our feathery little drug courier was sold out by a … wait for it… ‘stool pigeon’!
This has left us wondering though… just what is the payload capability of these fine feathered little pigeons? It seems to the Belly Buzzers that perhaps these efficient yet diminutive cargo couriers could be pressed into service on the same trade lane, but for a different cargo commodity.
How about, bit-by-bit, smuggling out Saddam’s fabled gold!? That of course might require an upscaling of equipment to something more efficient with better range and larger payload capabilities.
Specifically we’re thinking of something from the falcon family of cargo birds – an upgrade in equipment from the Pigeon-300LR to a Falcon-1000ER. And, falcons also come standard equipped, much like El Al passenger aircraft, with ‘counter-measures’ useful against airborne attacks.
These counter-measures include sharp beaks, lethal claws and high dive speed capability that at 320 km/h (for the peregrine falcon), is the fastest in the animal kingdom and could surely guarantee a positive outcome from any dastardly airborne interlopers.
But we digress, back to the rogue bird. It’s not clear what became of our little drug courier friend, but last we heard he was being held without bail, due to the fact he was deemed… wait for it… a ‘flight risk’ 🙂