Indian man was caught by airport officials trying to smuggle more than one kilogram of gold. The incident took an unusual twist when it was found that he had concealed the gold under a wig.
The incident happened at Cochin International Airport, Kerala and the young man was identified as Naushad, a resident from Malappuram.
Customs Air Intelligence officials were eventually able to see through his design and seize the contraband.
Nevertheless, the audacious attempt has left social media users gobsmacked.
Naushad had landed at the airport from Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates on Friday, October 4, 2019, with the gold in compound form under his wig.
He had 1.13kg of the precious metal wrapped up so that it would fit under the hairpiece. The Indian man even had some of his hair shaved off in an attempt to convince airport officials.
Naushad managed to get past almost every security check but was caught in the final check by Customs Air Intelligence officials.
They were able to see that the hair was fake and when it was removed, the contraband was underneath.
News of the unique smuggling attempt circulated on social media. While some users said it was foolish of Naushad to carry out the smuggling attempt, others were impressed while some even joked about the situation.