A friend of mine just sent me a link to an article about a woman who was smuggling cocaine from South Africa to Thailand in her dreadlocks. She used black yarn to conceal thin baggies and attached them to her head like they were locs. She was stopped when authorities noticed suspicous powder on her head and when she was searched they found 1.5kg (!!!) of cocaine in her locs. Here’s a video of her being detained and details on how she was hiding the substances in her hair.
People really do some crazy/novel/inventive things to smuggle drugs these days, like the guys who disguised cocaine as Manolo Blahniks (can you say literal shoe addiction?). Unfortunately for us with thick hair that can conceal things (and you know you’ve lost a bobby pin or three in your hair too!), this is not good travel news and our hair is going to become subject to close scrutiny in security.
Just three days ago when flying back to Houston, I was stopped in security so that TSA could feel my hair and make sure I wasn’t hiding anything in Lola. It was annoying and intrusive, but if you’ve been on an airplane in the past 10 years that’s just kind of how it is these days. I’ve heard of it happening more and more as security measures become more strict. But perhaps this is why…
What I find particularly vexing about this whole situation is that people are taking a part of our cultural identity and associating it with the drug trade and now many of us who have traveled down the road to natural are harmed by this.