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article imageParrot used as lookout by drug cartel taken in by police

By Lynn Curwin     Sep 17, 2010 in Crime
Barranquilla - Lorenzo the parrot was taken into police custody in Colombia after he was found warning members of a drug cartel that they were in danger of being caught.
The bird was present when police conducted an undercover raid in Barranquilla early on Wednesday.
"This parrot was sending out alerts," The Telegraph quoted police officer Hollman Oliveira, as saying. "You could say he was some sort of watch bird."
Demonstrating his talents after his capture, Lorenzo spent much of the morning repeating Spanish words which translated as: "Run! Run! You’re going to get caught!"
Despite warnings from the bird, two men were arrested by police.
Officers also seized more than two-hundred weapons, a stolen motorcycle, a large quantity of marijuana, and two other birds.
Lorenzo has been handed over to environmental authorities, who claim he is one of about 1700 parrots seized after being trained to act as lookouts for drug traffickers.
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