Woman Nabbed at Airport with Bags of Cocaine in Hair

Police said a woman tried to board a flight with a suspiciously large hairdo that allegedly housed almost a pound of cocaine

By Sam Schulz
|  Wednesday, May 2, 2012  |  Updated 5:39 AM PDT
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A 25-year-old woman was arrested at the Dubai airport when cops discovered almost a pound of cocaine taped into her hairstyle.

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Her suspiciously heavy hairstyle was the cops' first big clue.

A 25-year-old woman was arrested trying to board a plane at the Dubai airport when inspectors noticed a suspicious bulge in her hair, Emirates 24/7 reported.

The woman said it was just a special glue to attach her extensions — but inspectors weren't buying it.

Ten bags of cocaine containing a total of 360 grams — or close to a pound — of cocaine were found taped inside her curls, a counter-narcotics official told reporters.

According to the official, the woman — who was coming from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and heading to Nairobi, Kenya — said a South African friend in Buenos Aires was paying her to smuggle the drugs to a man in Johannesburg.

The official said the woman had been referred to Dubai authorities.

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