Man Accused Of Smuggling Fake Butt Full Of Cocaine

By Keri Blakinger 02/19/18

The drug haul had an estimated 5,000 doses of coke. 

Fake butt cheeks and swim shorts
The fake butt cheeks were rigged inside a small pair of swim shorts.

A Brazilian man was arrested in Portugal after allegedly being discovered with a fake butt full of blow, according to the International Business Times

The 32-year-old was picked up in Lisbon after customs agents at the Iberian nation’s busiest airport reportedly found a kilo of cocaine stuffed into two bags hidden inside his blue shorts, according to The Borneo Post.

According to police, the unnamed suspect, who was traveling from the Brazilian city of Belém do Pará, had roughly 5,000 doses of coke on him and had also swallowed a few bags of the drugs before his arrest.

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old man was arrested at a nearby train station after police suspected he was planning to pick up the drug delivery. 

Authorities did not release the name of either man or offer an estimated street value for the cocaine. Both suspects are facing drug trafficking charges.

It’s unclear what initially tipped the police off—though presumably the oversized derriere may have been a clue.

Even though Portugal has decriminalized drugs, it’s only quantities deemed small enough for personal use that are permitted. More than a 10-day supply is still illegal.

The bizarre collar comes on the heels of another eyebrow-raising drug sting, when Spanish police found 745 kilos of coke hidden in pineapples. 

The January bust netted nine arrests, including two brothers who allegedly shipped the drugs from South American labs to Portugal and on to Spain, as The Fix previously reported

“This organized international group had repeatedly brought large quantities of cocaine to the European continent,” Portuguese investigators said at the time. Using a network of fake fruit companies, safehouses and clandestine labs, the traffickers ran a high-volume operation that relied on packing the drugs into hollowed-out fruit. 

Though the volume of the seizure grabbed some headlines, fruit and veggies have long been drug-smuggler favorites.

Fake limes, carrots and lettuce heads have all served as disguises for drugs crossing the U.S. border.

Last year, enterprising traffickers also tried using a catapult to toss weed over the southern border, a hearse to move $33,000 of drugs without arousing any suspicions, and fake cans of corn to transport coke.

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Keri Blakinger is a former drug user and current reporter living in Texas. She covers breaking news for the Houston Chronicle and previously worked for the New York Daily News and the Ithaca Times. She has written about drugs and criminal justice for the Washington Post, Salon, Quartz and more. She loves dogs and is not impressed by rodeo food. Find Keri on LinkedIn and Twitter.