Found in Plane Toilet: 32 Gold Nuggets

Indian authorities bust up smuggling ring
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 8, 2013 11:56 AM CDT
Found in Plane Toilet: 32 Gold Nuggets

Note to self: Always brave the airplane bathroom. Just in case. Because Indian intelligence busted an international gold smuggling outfit at Chennai airport on Sunday, and in the process discovered 32 gold nuggets, weighing roughly a kilogram each. The kicker? They were hidden in a plane toilet, the Times of India reports. The Air India flight had just come in from Dubai and was headed on to Delhi, which may have been the gold's final destination.

The gold was hidden in a pair of black camcorder bags. The alleged smugglers booked executive class seats, and stashed the gold in the bathroom closest to the cockpit. "We are not ruling out the role of some airline insiders," one officer says. "It is strange that no airline staff spotted two big bags inside the toilet next to the flight captain's cabin." (More smuggler stories.)

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