By Calvin Palmer
Customs officials in Barcelona have seized cocaine worth $457,000 (£277,000) sewn into the underpants of a 65-year-old German.
Officials became suspicious when the saw the size of the man’s behind.
One official said: “He wasn’t a big man but he had a very bulky rear end. Then when he sat down it was like he was sitting on eggshells. His backside and his legs looked like they belonged to a weightlifter.”
Officers found 14.5 pounds of cocaine in 160 canisters sewn into the neoprene shorts the man was wearing beneath his jeans.
The German, who had flown in from South America, was arrested and jailed.
A custom officer said: “We’ve seen all sorts of stunts but the big pants were a first for us.”
It is the latest of a series of imaginative smuggling attempts in recent months.
In March, Spanish police arrested a 66-year-old Chilean man at Barcelona airport after discovering the cast on his broken leg was made of cocaine.
Two weeks later, a 42-piece dinner service sent through the mail to Barcelona was found to be made of compressed cocaine. Police arrested a 35-year-old man.
In April, a 76-year-old Dutch man was arrested at Leonardo Da Vinci Airport in Rome after his suitcase was found to contain oranges filled with more than 13 pounds of cocaine.
[Based on a report by The Daily Telegraph.]