- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

SAO PAULO (AP) - Police say inmates are using carrier pigeons to smuggle cell phones onto a prison farm in southeastern Brazil.

Police inspector Celso Soramiglio says that guards at a prison near the city of Sorocaba caught a pigeon last Wednesday with components of a small cell phone inside a bag tied to one of its legs.

A day later, another pigeon was found with a bag containing a cell phone charger.

The birds apparently were bred and raised inside the prison, smuggled out, outfitted with the cell phone parts and then released to fly back.

Soramiglio noted that pigeons “instinctively fly back home _ always.”



He says police photographed the pigeons and then released them.

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