Colombian man caught in Spain with cocaine under toupee

MADRID — A Colombian man was detained at Barcelona’s international airport after two pounds of cocaine were found hidden under an over-sized toupee, Spanish police said on Tuesday.

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 almost $ 45,000 of cocaine.

“There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls,” said the police statement.

A man poses with a drug package on his head, that he hid under a toupee, after being arrested in Barcelona, Spain, in this picture released on July 16, 2019. Spanish National Police via REUTERS

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.

More than 200 pounds of cocaine were seized by Spanish police at the Barcelona-El Prat airport in 2018.

The Colombian was detained at the end of June.


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