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Gold bars worth $1M found in plane lavatory

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:56 p.m. HST, Nov 20, 2013

NEW DELHI >> Cleaners found a stash of 24 gold bars worth more than $1.1 million hidden in an airplane lavatory after a flight from Bangkok arrived in eastern India, officials said today.

The Jet Airways plane had landed in Kolkata and was being cleaned before a scheduled flight to Patna when the cleaners found two bags with the gold stashed inside, Customs official Mona Priyadarshini said.

Priyadarshini said the gold bars weighed around 1 kilogram each. Customs officials confiscated the stash and are investigating.

India is one of the world's biggest consumers of gold. The government increased the gold import duty recently, which officials say has encouraged smuggling.

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juscasting wrote:
Plane cleaners must make alot of money in New Delhi to have turned in all those gold bars or they just plane ST#$%!
on November 20,2013 | 11:01AM
serious wrote:
Well, we all have different thoughts on this. I wondered how a person craps gold bars---I want that goose!!!
on November 20,2013 | 12:13PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
they probably turned it in because they thought it might be a setup
on November 20,2013 | 05:34PM
HD36 wrote:
The Rupee has been in a free fall lately. The Indian government wants the people to put faith in their fiat currency. The people don't trust the government and rather put their faith in gold.
on November 20,2013 | 01:53PM
jusjoking wrote:
No TSA in India I guess. Would have been confiscated or stolen before it ever reached the plane here.
on November 20,2013 | 03:58PM
sailfish1 wrote:
I knew I forgot something when I got off the plane,
on November 20,2013 | 05:55PM
LMO wrote:
Smugglers there are none too bright!
on November 21,2013 | 02:00AM
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