An airline passenger hid half a kilo of cocaine under his “oversized” toupee in a failed bid to smuggle the drug into Spain.
The man gave himself away as he tried to pass through border control at Barcelona’s El Prat airport following an 11-hour flight from Bogota, Colombia.
Border guards noticed his hairpiece looked odd and they pulled him in for questioning to find out if he was hiding anything under the wig.
He had also attracted attention because he looked nervous following the transatlantic flight.
The man’s toupee was removed during a search, and officers found a package stuck to his head.
Police say the package contained £27,000 worth of cocaine.
Photos released by police show the man’s disproportionately large hairpiece – which had been under a hat – and a package stuck to his head.
The middle-aged man’s eyes are blocked out in the images.
The man was detained and charged.
A police spokesperson said: “There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls.”
Police didn’t reveal any further details about the man.
He was detained at the end of June.
Last year, more than 100 kilos of cocaine were seized by Spanish police at Barcelona’s El Prat airport.
In June, police seized more than a tonne of cocaine and arrested 16 people in England and Spain during an investigation into an alleged British drugs gang which had aligned with a ring in Colombia.
The arrests took place after the Colombians allegedly handed over the cocaine to British men at a shopping centre near Madrid.