You read that right! A man at an Indian airport was found hiding two pounds of gold in his rectum. The passenger was spotted after acting “suspiciously” and was searched by a customs officer, which is when they found the loot.
The passenger had arrived on an Air Arabia flight to the city of Jaipur on April 23, and “was looking suspicious from his manners,” according to an airport official.
The gold, worth nearly $46,000, was hidden in three transparent polyethylene capsules wrapped in white plastic concealed inside the man’s bum. Inside the capsules were small metal yellow granules that were made up of almost pure gold.
“The 791 gram gold of 99.50% purity valued at Rs 42,79,310 (about $46,000) was extracted and was seized,” the official said. They added that the smuggler had been arrested and a full investigation is now underway.
Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time someone has been arrested for smuggling gold up their behind. Earlier this month, a smuggler was intercepted at Jaipur railway station with six “biscuits” of gold secreted secured up his bottom.
According to a report done by India’s Customs office, from the beginning of January 2011 until the beginning of 2022, nearly three tons of gold have been taken from smugglers in Indian airports.
To put that number into perspective, the Indian Customs officers have logged 75 shipments of illegal drugs, 317 cases of foreign currency, and 42 cases of people smuggling quantities of the endangered red sandalwood tree as well as some 355 other miscellaneous smuggling cases.
Seems like smugglers have created a whole new meaning for dropping a nugget.