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Man caught trying to smuggle gold bars through airport by hiding them up his backside

Gold smuggling is a growing problem in Sri Lanka
Gold smuggling is a growing problem in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police arrested a man at Colombo Airport on suspicion of smuggling gold bars up his backside.

According to a report in the Guardian, officials at Bandaranaike international airport noticed the man walking suspiciously and approached him.

After a search they discovered 400g of gold (worth about €12,600) hidden inside his rectum.

The 42-year-old man claimed he worked for a Sri Lankan government ministry.

Bizarrely, more than 70 people have been arrested in Sri Lanka for smuggling gold this year, according to officials.

It is supected the gold is bought in places like Dubai and smuggled into India to avoid the high import duty.

India is the largest consumer of gold in the world, getting through 642 tonnes this year.