Criminals attempted to smuggle drugs into a prison using a pigeon wearing a backpack containing crystal meth.

Prison guards at a correctional institute in Abbotsford, Canada, managed to capture the bird in the courtyard and confiscate the contraband on December 29.

President of the Pacific Region for Union of Canadian Correctional Officers John Randle told Global News: “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.”

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He added: “Of course, I believe there was some creative work – because the bird moved around quite a bit – in order to track it and capture it.

"But it was just outside one of the unit yards when it was first spotted.”

CBC News stated that a guard noticed the bird had a small backpack tied to it, so they began to corner the pigeon.

Inside the pouch were approximately 30 grams of crystal methamphetamine.

He said: "It's definitely scary with the fact that it was crystal meth that was found on the bird because that causes a whole lot of problems".

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While guards are used to watching out for the creative and sneaky ways that inmates try to smuggle drugs into the facility – Randle says he has never seen anything like this before.

He added: "It's almost like the inmates and the criminals are going back in time and using an older technology.”

An investigation has now been launched by the Correctional Service of Canada and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

No further details have been released.

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However, LadBible reported how a similar incident occurred back in 2017. They said that authorities in Kuwait managed to detain a pigeon in a building near the customs department.

According to the local newspaper Al-Rai, 178 pills were found in a small bag attached to the bird's back.

The outlet reported the drugs were a form of ketamine.

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