Hapless Smuggler Hides Cocaine Under A Bad Toupee

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

A Colombian man 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 filled with about $44,000 of cocaine.

“There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls,” said the 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 BCN in 2018.
Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.



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