MADRID – A Colombian man was discovered with half a kilo of cocaine under an over-sized toupee when he was detained at Barcelona’s international airport after half a kilo of cocaine was found hidden under an over-sized toupee, Spanish police said.
Arriving on a flight from Bogota, the man attracted police attention as he looked nervous and had a disproportionately large hairpiece under his hat. They found a package stuck to his head with about $34,000 of cocaine.
“There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls,” said the Spanish police statement.
The statement enclosed a photo of a middle-aged man – apparently still wearing the toupee though with his eyes blocked in the image – but gave no more details of his identity.
Over 100 kilos of cocaine were seized by Spanish police at the Barcelona-El Prat airport in 2018.