A man was arrested Monday by customs officials at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi after he was caught smuggling molten gold worth about 3,055,000 Indian rupees ($39,947), The Times of India reported.
The man, who has not been identified, hid the gold in a pouch hidden under a wig he was wearing, a customs official said, according to The Times of India.
He also had two capsule-shaped bags of gold in his rectum, the customs officer added, according to the paper.
A video, shared by Delhi Customs, shows the wig being cut away to reveal a pouch of molten gold glued to the top of his bald head.—The Times Of India (@timesofindia) Apr 20, 2022
The man, who had an Indian passport, was from Abu Dhabi, The Times of India said. He was detained after disembarking from his flight, a customs officer said, according to The National.
Further investigation is underway, The National reports.
Carrying gold on flights is not illegal per se, but passengers must declare the amount they are importing or exporting and pay appropriate taxes.
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