A Portuguese woman flying from Sao Paulo to Madrid was busted by Spanish police after allegedly attempting to smuggle around $80,000 worth of cocaine under her wig into the country.
Police stopped the woman when she landed at Madrid’s Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport because of her suspicious behavior, the New York Daily News reports.
The officers say they discovered nine packets of the illegal narcotic interwoven with her hair and her wig. The woman apparently stashed nearly 1.9 pounds of cocaine beneath her hair.
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Police believe she had been using her 3-year-old daughter as a decoy. She had to have the contraband cut from her hair.
“Drug traffickers are using all sorts of imaginative measures and objects to disguise drugs,” a police spokesman told Spanish national daily newspaper ABC. “Among the most unlikely are cans of peaches, snowboards, mobile phone chargers, an electric wheelchair and even inside breast implants.”
In a different case, two Portuguese women tried to pull a similar stunt in January 2014 and attempted to smuggle more than $200,000 worth of cocaine under their wigs.
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According to the Daily Mirror, the two women allegedly hid 2.6 pounds of the drug each inside packets sewn into their natural hair which was then concealed by a wig.
The Portuguese pair, aged 18 and 28, were arrested at Madrid’s airport after arriving on separate flights from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Last year, drug squad officers at the busy airport in the Spanish capital arrested more than 300 people for trying to smuggle a total of 2,000 pounds of cocaine.