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A parrot tipped by drug dealers to a slogan, the authorities say. Now it is in storage

The police encountered the unmanned parrot in the home of the two alleged crack cocaine dealers, up in a small brick house with a storey façade, reported Brazil's R7 news channel. When the police were looking for suspects, it seemed that the lime-green bird knew exactly what to do. "He must have been trained for this," said an officer participating in the operation of the parrot's attempt to disrupt law enforcement, the guard reported. "As soon as the police got close, he started shouting." However, the efforts of the birds were not successful. Movies of the raid's aftermath are transmitted with R7 showing police cataloging small sacks of crack while the parrot is obediently sitting on a bench next to a racing helmet and a glass bottle. The obvious owners, a man and a teenage girl, were arrested, reported local newspaper Meio Norte. An official carried the papagaio do tráfico &#821 1; or "trafficking parrot", as the news referred to the bird – out of the house on his hand before placing it in a cage and taking him into the Teresina Police Department. The parrot did not say a word, remaining in total silence, even after the law enforcement attempted to release it. This caused the parties' defense lawyer, Salma Barros, to doubt the police's version of the events. She questioned in an interview with Meio Norte how a bird accused of raising the tipping of law enforcement for drug dealers could be completely silent in the police station.…

The police encountered the unmanned parrot in the home of the two alleged crack cocaine dealers, up in a small brick house with a storey façade, reported Brazil’s R7 news channel. When the police were looking for suspects, it seemed that the lime-green bird knew exactly what to do.

“He must have been trained for this,” said an officer participating in the operation of the parrot’s attempt to disrupt law enforcement, the guard reported. “As soon as the police got close, he started shouting.”

However, the efforts of the birds were not successful. Movies of the raid’s aftermath are transmitted with R7 showing police cataloging small sacks of crack while the parrot is obediently sitting on a bench next to a racing helmet and a glass bottle. The obvious owners, a man and a teenage girl, were arrested, reported local newspaper Meio Norte.

An official carried the papagaio do tráfico &#821

1; or “trafficking parrot”, as the news referred to the bird – out of the house on his hand before placing it in a cage and taking him into the Teresina Police Department.

The parrot did not say a word, remaining in total silence, even after the law enforcement attempted to release it.

This caused the parties’ defense lawyer, Salma Barros, to doubt the police’s version of the events. She questioned in an interview with Meio Norte how a bird accused of raising the tipping of law enforcement for drug dealers could be completely silent in the police station.

Others were worried that the bird was in the custody of the police at all. An environmentalist named Jaqueline Lustosa told Meio Norte that she had gone to the police department in an attempt to release the bird. From Wednesday, GloboNews, one of Brazil’s largest cable networks, stated that the parrot had been taken to a local zoo, where zookeepers would train it how to fly.

The stubborn silence of the animal also continued there, a veterinarian said. “Lots of cops have come,” said veterinarian Alexandre Clark Wednesday, according to the Guardian, “and he has said nothing.”

This is not the first time a parrot has been accused of helping suspicious drug addicts. 19659002] In Colombia in 2010, a parrot named Lorenzo made international headlines after the police recorded warning for their owners “Run! Run!” in Spanish in view of police approaching.

“You can say he was a kind of lookout,” said a Colombian police, according to the Associated Press.

Colombian officials then claimed that Lorenzo was one of 1,700 birds the authorities had recently undertaken and believed that they had all trained to warn their owners if the police were approaching, the AP reported.

Exotic animals have long been used by drug cartels as symbols of power or as involuntary accomplices in drug trafficking. 19659002] For example, Reuters reported 2009 that human trafficking has stuffed drugs in hidden spaces in boxes containing toxic snakes labeled “Don’t open!” so that customs workers would be too scared to see inside. In 2011, Al Jazeera reported that Mexican authorities seized so many exotic animals from “narco zoos” that belonged to Mexican drug managers that they didn’t know what to do with them all. In some cases, the news outlet reported that the animals served as both symbols of power and as a warning for rival gangs: Members of the Zetas gang are rumored to have fed their enemies to the backyard tents.

In Brazil, the police claimed such warfare was a reality. In 2008, the authorities reported that they had confiscated two alligators from drug traffickers who allegedly provided GlobNews with reptile bodies of rival gang members.

This article was written by Meagan Flynn, a reporter for the Washington Post.

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