Brazil: 'Obedient' parrot arrested for alerting drug dealers
In a truly bizarre news, Brazilian police recently arrested an 'obedient' parrot as the bird allegedly alerted drug dealers, while police was conducting a raid. The unnamed parrot was trained effectively for the same, and it almost blew up an undercover raid. It allegedly alerted criminals living in Vila Irmã Dulce, Teresina. Here's what went down.
He must have been trained for this: Police
The police officers were on an operation to catch the drug dealers at their den run by a local couple. Once the green and white parrot spotted the police, it started shouting, "Mama, Police!" An officer, who was involved in the operation, said, "He must have been trained for this. As soon as the police got close he started shouting."
Couple arrested despite warning; cash and drugs seized
Fortunately, despite the warning by the bird, the couple was arrested and police confiscated drugs (including crack and marijuana) from the property along with a large amount of money. Meanwhile, a local journalist met the bird in the custody and described it as 'super obedient'. The bird, reportedly, kept its mouth 'shut' and didn't say anything to the authorities since the arrest.
The bird has kept its mouth shut in custody
A local vet, Alexandre Clark, also visited the bird and said that it was not 'cooperating' with the police. He added, "Lots of police officers have come by and he's said nothing." Now, the 'drug trafficking' parrot, as addressed by Brazilian broadcaster Globo, has been handed over to a local zoo for three months.
On related note, gangsters have also used alligators
Interestingly, this is not the first time that animals were used in Brazil's drug trade. In 2008, police alleged that the local gangsters fed their enemies to two small alligators in Rio de Janeiro. However, the father of one of the accused denied the allegations and said that the gang tried to do it once, but the reptile refused to eat the corpse.