A man from Malappuram in Kerala was arrested by the customs department while trying to smuggle in over 1 kg gold concealing under his wig.
Noushad arrived at Kochi international airport from Sharjah on Friday. The Customs Air Intelligence officials who inspected him after suspicion recovered over 1 kg from his possession.
Customs Air Intelligence Unit at Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) got a tip-off beforehand and they did a thorough verification. On Friday, Noushad was travelling from Sharjah to Kerala, where he was caught at Kochi airport. He tried to smuggle over 1.13 gold concealed under his wig.
He also went the extra mile to conceal the gold as he shaved a major portion of his head to make room for the gold compound. But that was to no avail, as he got caught.
In fact, this particular style of smuggling also came up during the discussions of security officials, who concluded that the head is the only part left to explore by smugglers.
The accused, as per reports, wrapped the gold in a black cover and worn a spiked wig over it to make it look real. The Customs have now launched a detailed probe into the incident.
A similar case has come to light recently after a man trying to smuggle cocaine worth Rs 24 lakh under his wig at Barcelona airport went viral in July this year.