Last month, keen-eyed customs officers at Qingdao Liuting International Airport discovered the mother lode inside one poor smuggler’s butt.
On September 28th, the officers happened to notice a foreign man heading for an outbound flight who was walking in a strangely suspicious manner. They stopped the man and put his luggage through an X-ray scanner, revealing a gold ingot weighing 200 grams hidden inside.
However, after this discovery, the man continued to look and act strangely. The officers concluded that he must still be hiding something else on his person, and sent him through an X-ray machine. The scan revealed a curious shady blur in the man’s rectum, which, upon further investigation, turned out to be three more gold ingots the same size and weight as the first.
While you’d think that would be enough to help explain the man’s strange gait, officers also found another gold ingot hidden inside his sock — bringing the haul up to a grand total of five gold ingots weighing a kilogram, more than half of which had just been in the man’s anus.
However, after the bust, the question became, why wasn’t more of the gold up his butt? It seems likely that this was the man’s first try at smuggling. When he found he was only able to shove three of the ingots in his rectum, he was then forced to rashly hide the other two. A move that led to his undoing.
Still, more professional butt smugglers also sometimes get caught. Back in 2013, Korean officials arrested nine Taiwanese nationals attempting to smuggle 24 pieces of gold in their rectums while passing through an airport. Each person was reportedly managing to hold 5.5 kg of metal up there at a time.
[Images via Qingdao Customs]
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