Two men - one of whom flew from northern Brazil - are now under arrest for suspected drug trafficking.
Cocaine traffickers in Lisbon may be in arrears after Portuguese police officers arrested a man who arrived at Lisbon’s main airport with a pair of gaudy swimming shorts – and nearly a kilo of cocaine inside two brown bags taped over his buttocks.
The Judicial Police of Portugal announced the arrest in a statement posted to their website on Tuesday.
After disembarking from a flight from Belem, in northern Brazil, the man was caught with the cocaine hidden inside the bags.
Police say they later managed to arrest a second man alleged to be waiting for the cocaine shipment.
While possession of cocaine for personal use is legal in Portugal – a country that has largely decriminalized drug use – having more than 10 days worth of the drug can result in non-criminal charges.
According to police, the alleged drug smuggler had 5,000 doses worth of cocaine when he was detained.