Pigeon wearing meth-filled backpack busted at B.C. prison

source: https://globalnews.ca/news/9393581/pigeon-backpack-meth-bc-prison-grounds/

Pigeon wearing meth-filled backpack busted at B.C. prison
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by Karen Walker

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Prison guards in B.C.’s Fraser Valley have to be vigilant against drones trying to stop contraband waiting inmates or someone trying to throw drugs over t he walls, but a recent discovery has also caused some concern.“A pigeon was located at Pacific Institution, inside the walls, and it appeared to have a small package, sort of like a backpack attached to it,” John Randle, president of the Pacific Region for Union of Canadian Correctional . Officers told Global News . He said t he package contained crystal meth. The incident reported ly happened on Dec. 29 at the max imum, medium and min imum federal penitentiary located in Abbotsford. Randle said the pigeon was found near one of t he recreation yards at the institution.“It was spotted by correctional officers, I believe, a nd security intelligence officers when the officers were doing their standard patrols around and throughout the unit and institution, that’s when they initially spotted the bird with the package on it,” he sad." And then, of course, I believe there was some creative work because the bird moved around a little bit – in order to track it and capture it . But it was just outside one of the unit yards when it was first spotted.”Randle said they have had issues with contraband in the past, with drones or something being thrown over the wall, but in his 13-year career, he has never he a rd of bird s being used to smuggle something in to a prison. It's almost like the inmate s and the criminal s are going back in time and using older technology,” he said . In November, Mission Institution was locked down for days due to a belief that a drone may have dropped a firearm on to the prison ground s. The lockdown was lifted when no gun was found but officers did locate a drone Randle said keeping drugs out of the prisons has become a huge part of correctional officers’ jobs every day , not just in B.C. but across Canada 'Especially with drones and throw-overs, the drug problem is growing on a daily basis,' he said . ' This pigeon thing adds a new element to that for sure and we’ll be on the lookout for it but definitely drones have been the big thing for us. He added that right now it is unclear to investigators if someone inside the prison was training the bird or if it was someone outside the institution. Randle said they have increased staff and patrols in order to watch for any potential drops. He said they also have anti-drone technology that works like a radar .The Correctional Service of Canada and the RCMP have launched a joint investigation into what happened. As for the pigeon, Randle said it was let go, without its luggage this time. .

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