Nervous Smuggler Caught By Police With £27,000 Worth Of Cocaine Under Wig
Smuggling drugs is never a good idea; it's an especially bad idea if you look nervous AF while doing it and try to put it under a wig on your head.
A Colombian man travelling from Bogota to Barcelona was stopped by Spanish police when they noticed him looking nervous after his flight had landed, attracting the attention of the authorities.
When they questioned him, they noticed the hair piece he was wearing under his hat looked disproportionately big. On closer inspection, the police noticed that he had a package stuck to his head that contained around €30,000 (£27,000) of cocaine.
He had perched the toupee over the package and put it under his hat in an attempt to disguise the drugs.
The police posted the find on Twitter, complete with the use of relevant emojis, of course.
Detenido en #Barcelona con droga en su peluquín.... ¡¡se le va a caer el pelo!! :cop:♂:older_man:♀https://t.co/IUjl9l63Du pic.twitter.com/wLxIBBB9Ff
- Policía Nacional (@policia) July 16, 2019
A police statement said: "There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls."
In fairness, it is creative, just the execution was a bit off.
The statement showed a photo of a middle-aged man who was still wearing the offending hairpiece, with his eyes blacked out. No more information about his identity was released. He was detained by police at the end of June but no more details on his arrest have been given.
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At Barcelona-El Prat airport, over 100 kilograms of cocaine were seized by police in 2018 alone. Famous for its cocaine, Colombia's trade of the drug is estimated at around $10 billion per year in U.S. dollars.
And this guy isn't the only smuggler to make a bit of a mess of it.
A drug dealer appeared at Brighton Crown Court earlier this year and was jailed after carelessly stamping his very own name onto his drugs. I know, you couldn't make it up.
Stephen Best, 30, appeared at Brighton Crown Court on Monday 3 June following an earlier guilty plea to the possession of cannabis and four counts of possession with intent to supply drugs (cocaine, MDMA, cannabis and cannabis resin).
Sharing a mugshot of Best on Facebook, Sussex Police wrote: "This is Stephen. Stephen had a storage unit full of drugs. Stephen stamped his name onto his drugs.
"Stephen was wanted and handed himself in to police. Stephen expected to be imprisoned and took a bag. Stephen packed drugs to take to prison.
"Stephen didn't think we'd search his bag. Don't be like Stephen and deal drugs."
Good advice there kids.
Featured Image Credit: Spanish National Police