$1M in Gold Bars Found in Airplane Toilets

Cleaning crew in India foils smugglers' plot

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 20, 2013 2:35 PM CST

(Newser) – Jet Airways workers in India made a million-dollar discovery in the most of unusual of places—two dozen gold bars stuffed into a plane's toilets, reports AFP. Smugglers apparently hid the bars in two boxes and jammed them in there, but the cleaning crew in Kolkata got to them first. India is a major buyer of gold, and a steep hike in taxes has led to a rise in smuggling, explains Reuters. Its story includes this quote from an investigator: "We are also asking the aircraft crew to tip us off about people who spend slightly more time in toilets."

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