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Iranian police seize carrier pigeons used to smuggle drugs

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.

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One of the carrier pigeons confiscated in Iran. Photograph: Fararu.com

” The individual involved in selling medicines would throw the substances in the boxes attached to the legs of these pigeons, which were trained to deliver them to other locations in Kermanshah ,” Irna said, quoting a local judiciary officer.” Up to 100 drug-smuggling birds ought to have confiscated by the police .”

Pigeons are significant in Iranian culture and verse. Pigeon racing was a popular tradition, and some in rural areas and smaller cities still participate in the athletic, holding vast numbers of birds on rooftops or in their garden.

In May, bureaucrats in Kuwait said they had impounded a bird carrying 178 illicit pills in a tiny knapsack. Images carried by the Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai proved a pigeon with a miniature fabric knapsack attached to its back, full of pills containing ketamine. That incident has just taken place in the city of Abdali, near the border with Iraq, recommending pigeons were being used to smuggle drugs from there into Kuwait.

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In a similar incident in 2011, police in Colombia captured a pigeon carrying 40 g of marijuana and 5g of cocaine into a prison in the northern metropoli of Bucaramanga.

Iran has mainly resorted to a punitive campaign of apprehends and executings to tackle medicines. Last year, European countries funding Iran’s counter-narcotics programme threatened to cut off contributions if Iran continued to use the death penalty for drug traffickers.

According to Iran Human Rights, a Norway-based organisation monitoring Iran’s use of capital punishment, Iran carried out 239 executings in the first half of 2017, of which 129 were for drug-related offences. In mid-August, Iran moved closer to abolishing the death penalty for some drug-trafficking offences , measures with a view, if approved, would save the lives of more than 5,000 inmates on demise row.

According to amendments, who the hell is passed by parliament and are awaiting approval by a constitutional torso, the threshold required for a death penalty has been raised to 50 kg of opium and 2kg of heroin and other addictive substances. Under existing law, possessing 5kg of opium or 30 g of heroin can result in a death penalty.

At least 530 people were executed in Iran last year, more than in many other countries except China.

The police raids in Kermanshah were aimed at apprehending a prominent drug dealer known locally as Soosk ( Cockroach ). At least 2,300 people have been arrested in the past four months in the province for drug-related offences.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ world/ 2017/ aug/ 29/ iranian-police-seize-carrier-pigeons-used-to-smuggle-drugs

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