A 45-year-old man was arrested at the Colombo airport for attempting to smuggle about kilograms (2.2 lb) of gold hidden in his rectum.

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He was then accosted by custom officials and it was found that the man been carrying approximately a kilogram (2.2 lb) of gold hoarded in his rectum.

Colombian customs spokesman, Sunil Jayarathne told Reuters that customs officials noticed the “suspicious movements” of the man headed for India. It then came to light that the suspect was carrying 904.77 grams of gold worth 4.5 million rupees ($29,577).

The man was however set free after he was made to pay 100,000 rupees.

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The custom spokesperson who described the methods of smuggling as not unusual, said “this is not the first such detection and this is a common method of smuggling.”

Sunil Jayarathne further revealed that “the gold was wrapped in four plastic bags inserted in to his rectum."