Birds trained to deliver substances contained in small-scale purse attributed to legs
Police in western Iran have confiscated 100 carrier pigeons used to smuggle drugs.
Anti-narcotics officers confiscated homing pigeons trained for delivering medicines carried in small blue plastic bags attached to their legs, the Irna state news agency reported.
According to Irna, the use of fowls to haul recreational substances is unprecedented.
A young population and an abundance of cheap, addictive substances, many coming over the border from Afghanistan, pose a twin challenged to Iranian authorities. Almost 3 million Iranians are estimated to be addicted to drugs, out of its own population of 80m.