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Guards stop plot to smuggle cell phone

PRISON guards foiled a new attempt to smuggle a cell phone into a Brazilian prison by carrier pigeon - this one wearing a tiny backpack - and said yesterday that the practice was almost common.

An exhausted pigeon wearing a small makeshift backpack was intercepted just outside walls at the Danilo Pinheiro Prison near the city of Sorocaba, said a spokesman for the Sao Paulo State Prison Affairs Department.

Inside the cloth sack was a cell phone and a piece of paper with the name of the inmate who was waiting for the phone, the spokesman said. He declined to reveal the name of the inmate.

"The use of carrier pigeons to smuggle cell phones into prisons is becoming almost commonplace," he said. "Guards now keep a sharp eye on pigeons as well as on inmates."

Imprisoned Brazilian gangsters use mobiles to coordinate criminal activity outside.


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