Did you hear the one about the cocaine cast?

2011-07-22 07:07

From wigs and casts to women’s underwear, drug smugglers have found bizarre hiding places for their stash.

Yesterday, a woman was caught with drugs hidden under her wig at Joburg’s OR Tambo International Airport.
 
The 36-year-old Angolan citizen was taken to a room where her luggage was searched, but nothing was found.

During a body search, 3kg of cocaine were found in a plastic bag under her wig.

The drugs have a street value of about R840 000.

Last week, a UK man with cocaine stuffed into the bra and panties he was wearing was arrested – also at OR Tambo International.

They were not the first to use such means.

In 2008, a British woman was arrested after customs officials found 1kg of cocaine hidden under her wig.

The Telegraph reported that the 32-year-old attracted the attention of a customs officer at Vaernes airport in Norway, who noticed she had “a lot of hair”.

Upon closer examination, he discovered a bag of cocaine hidden underneath, glued to the woman’s head.

The cocaine was glued so firmly to the woman’s real hair that police had to take her to a nearby hospital to have it removed.

In April this year, police in Florida discovered $1 620 hidden beneath a suspected thief’s glued-on wig.

According to Hollywood police, Esther Armbrister was detained outside the Westin Diplomat Hotel when a man staying at the hotel accused her of taking the cash from the pocket of his shorts.

She denied the accusations and showed an officer she wasn’t hiding anything in her pockets or bra.

However, when an officer removed the woman’s glued-on wig, he found $20 and $100 bills.

In 2009, Spanish police arrested a 66-year-old Chilean who tried to smuggle drugs into Barcelona with a cast made of cocaine on a leg which was really broken.

The man also had cocaine hidden in six beer cans that had been emptied, packed with drugs and resealed, and inside the legs of two small folding stools, police said. They believe that the man purposely broke his leg so that he could wear the cast.

Police detected the drug by spraying the cast with a chemical that turns bright blue when it comes into contact with cocaine.

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