An Indian man was arrested at the Mangalore Airport on Saturday for concealing gold in his rectum. Smuggling gold to avoid paying an 18% tax is a popular pastime in India.
According to the Times of India, a traveler from Kasaragod, Kerala, and who was flying home from Dubai, was pulled aside after the completion of his return flight. After additional screening, the man was found to be carrying .0587 kg of 24 carat gold paste in his rectum.
The gold was seized and the passenger arrested under local smuggling laws.
As they say, the man was probably shitting bricks when he got pulled aside by airport security. Erm.
This is not the first incident of gold smuggling into India. Last year another traveler was observed walking a bit oddly in the airport. After being pulled aside for inspection it was discovered the mad had 2 pounds of gold in his rectum. Yes. 2 freaking pounds.
Apparently, Indian travelers are desperate to avoid the 18% tax on imported gold and resort to various techniques to smuggle the precious metal into the country.
One creative passenger even attempted to hide gold in his face mask to avoid the tax.