Spanish police released a statement on Tuesday saying that a Colombian man was detained at Barcelona’s international airport after half a kilo of cocaine was found hidden under an over-sized toupee.

Arriving on a flight from Bogota, the man attracted police attention because he looked nervous and had a disproportionately large hairpiece under his hat. They found a package stuck to his head with about 30,000 euros of cocaine.

“There is no limit to the inventiveness of drug traffickers trying to mock controls,” said the police statement.

The statement enclosed a photo of a middle-aged man showing him with and without the toupee with, but gave no more details of his identity.

A Florida man was arrested over the weekend after police officers caught him with cocaine on his nose at a traffic stop.

At around 4:30 a.m. local time on Sunday, deputies from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office pulled over a vehicle at a traffic stop in Tampa, Florida. When authorities approached the car, a deputy immediately noticed that a passenger in the car had a white powdery substance on his nose. Investigators recognized the powder as cocaine and the passenger was later identified as 20-year-old Fabricio Tueros Jimenez.

Deputies photographed Jimenez’s nose before swabbing the substance for a test, the results of which proved that the substance did contain cocaine. “Jimenez was arrested without incident but he attempted to tell the deputies the cocaine on his nose was not his,” according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. Of course, it’s not his. He was just keeping it there for a friend.

Authorities also found a backpack contained 250 grams of marijuana and 13 Xanax tablets after searching the vehicle and an additional small bag of cocaine in Jimenez’s possession.



On December 23, 1985, the New York Times reported about a 175-pound black bear that had apparently died of an overdose of cocaine after eating 40 kg of it in Georgia’s Chattahoochee National Forest. 

A few months earlier, on September 11, 1985, an elderly Kentucky man named Fred Myers found a dead man lying in front of his house. The deceased individual was wearing a bulletproof vest, Gucci loafers, night vision goggles, a large bag full of cocaine, a parachute, two handguns, a couple of knives, $4,500 in cash, ropes, and food. The cocaine he had on him was worth 15 million dollars.

This was a former narcotics-officer-turned-drug-kingpin called Andrew Thornton. He had been flying a drug route from Colombia and had dropped off 40 plastic containers full of cocaine in Chattahoochee National Forest. He became tangled up in his parachute and fell to his death in Knoxville, Tennessee.

When the police later retraced his route hoping to find the rest of the shipment, they found 40 empty containers and a dead bear. The poor animal had been walking around the forest doing normal bear things like scratching his back on trees, stealing picknick baskets, eating honey and licking his asshole, when he came across the white powder. The temptation was too much for him and he licked all the containers clean.

“There isn’t a mammal on the planet that could survive that. Its stomach was literally packed to the brim with cocaine,” said the medical examiner of Georgia’s Bureau of Investigation. The animal was deemed to have suffered an uncomfortable end: “Cerebral hemorrhaging, respiratory failure, hyperthermia, renal failure, heart failure, stroke. You name it, that bear had it.” No one knew how much time it took nor how the bear managed to stay alive long enough to lick everything from the bags.

This tragic destiny of an innocent animal was, of course, quickly used to turn a profit. After the bear reached national fame and reporters dubbed him “Pablo EscoBear”, a local businessman bought the bear, stuffed it and after changing many owners it is now set up in the Kentucky Fun Mall in north Lexington where tourists flock to see it.