Is That Your Real Hair, or Are You Smuggling Drugs Under a Bad Toupee?

$33K worth of cocaine was quickly spotted on nervous guy arriving in Spain
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2019 8:17 AM CDT
Man Tried to Smuggle Cocaine Under Toupee
Fail.   (Policia Nacional)

A nervous-looking man flew from Colombia to Spain with what authorities there describe as an "oversized" toupee beneath his hat. Beneath that hairpiece was roughly a pound of cocaine bundled up and stuck to his head, according to police in Barcelona, who shared before and after images of the suspect. "There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls," reads a police statement, per the Evening Standard, which notes the cocaine was worth some $33,500. The unidentified man was detained at Barcelona's Josep Tarradellas Airport in June. The BBC notes this is hardly the most brazen drug smuggling tactic, referencing a man's attempt to hide two pounds of cocaine "inside a pair of fake buttocks." (More drug smuggling stories.)

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