Man arrested trying to smuggle drugs into Spain under his wig

Man arrested trying to smuggle drugs into Spain under his wig

Some people will try anything to smuggle illicit goods across country borders.

The black market allows for the stealthy manufacturing and distribution of most illegal products under the sun. And Drug mules - those in charge of transporting these goods - have tried everything from stuffing breast implants with cocaine to loading meth inside jalapeños or cucumbers.

Now - if you've thought of it (or even if you haven't) - someone has tried it.

Though the best smugglers can be inconspicuous, some have their giveaways or tells. Per The Standard, one man unsuccessfully attempted to transfer half a kilogram of cocaine underneath his wig, after authorities caught onto his behaviour, and his obviously irregular hairline.

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After a flight from Bogota, Colombia to Barcelona, Spain, police stopped a man walking through the Josep Tarradellas Airport. While he looked nervous, his main giveaway was his oversized hairpiece. The man had attempted to smuggle the drugs by taping them to his head, before covering them with a large toupee and hat.

Spanish authorities report that the man was trying to conceal more than $33,000 (£27,000) of cocaine across country lines. A police statement read: "There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls.”

Credit: Policia Nacional

Though police shared a photo of the man wearing the drugs as a hat - both with and without his oversized toupee covering them - they shaded his eyes as to not reveal his identity.

Illegal drug trading is incredibly difficult to regulate. In 2018, Spanish police seized more than 100 kilograms of cocaine at the Barcelona-El Prat airport, which is about the weight of a full-grown donkey. That's a whole lot of powder.