Peak Smuggling: Indian Has 12 Gold Bars Removed From His Stomach

Tyler Durden's picture

While US central bankers seem to believe that you can eat iPads, it seems one Indian fellow has taken the ongoing restrictions on gold imports, owning, or transacting in India to a whole new level. As we have noted previously - have led to an epidemic of smuggling as Indians continue to horde the precious metal (the only true source of financial security in their view) by any means possible. As The BBC reports, 12 bars of gold have been removed from the stomach of a 63-year-old businessman in the Indian capital Delhi. The surgeon said he had never seen a "case like this before," and customs officials were called and confiscated the gold - where whistleblowers for gold smuggling are rewarded more richly than for cocaine and heroine smuggling.



As The BBC reports, and as we have noted before, India, the world's largest consumer of gold, has seen a record rise in smuggling after a rise in duty on imports of metal to curb the current account deficit.

Last year India's government hiked the import duty on gold three times to curb demand for the precious metal. Gold imports, which had peaked at 162,000kg in May 2013, came down to 19,300kg in November after the hike.

But this takes the proverbial biscuit...

Twelve bars of gold have been recovered from the stomach of a businessman in the Indian capital, Delhi, a surgeon treating him has said.


The 63-year-old man was admitted to hospital after complaining of vomiting and difficulty defecating.


He told his doctor that he had swallowed a bottle cap in anger, after a fight with his wife.


But when surgeons operated they found gold bars weighing nearly 400g (14oz) in his stomach instead of a bottle cap.


Doctors, who performed the operation on 9 April, told the BBC that police and customs authorities had questioned the businessman and confiscated the gold.




According to hospital sources, the man had swallowed the 12 gold biscuits to smuggle them into the country from Singapore 10 days ago.

Dr CS Ramachandran, a senior surgeon at Delhi's Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said he had never seen a "case like this in my life".

"This is the first time I have recovered gold from the stomach of a patient. I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable...We found 12 gold bars lying in a stack in his stomach."


The businessman, who had undergone four stomach surgeries in the past and is a diabetic, was admitted to the hospital earlier this month, with symptoms of "acute intestinal obstruction", Dr Ramachandran added.

One wonders whether the previous 4 surgeries were gold-bar-related? And this time - since the rules changed... doctors decided to tell customs...because rather remarkably, as we noted previously,

In a sign of the times, whistleblowers who help bust illegal gold shipments can get a bigger reward in India than those who help catch cocaine and heroin smugglers.

Because that makes a so much sense.

“There has been a several-fold increase in gold smuggling this year after restrictions from the government, which has left narcotics behind.”


That suggests official data showing a sharp fall in gold buying, which has helped narrow India’s current account gap, may significantly underestimate the real level of gold flows.


Last week, Sri Lanka limited the amount of jewellery its residents can take out of the country and it will try to monitor whether they bring it back. Pakistan banned all gold imports in August for a month as it believed much was being smuggled on into India.


Indian gold premiums have soared to $130 an ounce over London prices due to the supply crunch, compared with about $2 an ounce in Hong Kong, Singapore and Thailand.


In June, a passenger flying from Dubai was caught at New Delhi airport with about 755 grams (1.7 lbs) of solid gold staples painted grey. Officials stopped the man because the cardboard boxes he was carrying were stapled far more than seemed necessary.

Simply genius.

“We are trying to plug all the loopholes. We have strengthened our anti-smuggling staff and installed door metal detectors,” said S.A.S. Navaz, deputy commissioner of customs in the south Indian city of Kochi. “We are spending sleepless nights.

Sleepless nights because citizens want to buy a piece of yellow metal. You might have bigger problems than gold champ.

In an effort to change that, Mumbai customs offers a reward of up to 50,000 rupees per kg of bullion seized for informers in gold smuggling cases. Cocaine and heroin informers get only up to 40,000 rupees and 20,000 rupees respectively.


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DoChenRollingBearing's picture

- 1 to the rat doctors who called Customs and the cops.

remain calm's picture

That man was over heard upon awakening from anesthesia saying, " I could have had a V-8"

JoeSexPack's picture

Extra curry should pass that.


If not, then cheese-filled, deep-fried jalapenos.

Indian_Goldsmith's picture

That was my uncle. Old fuck cant realize we value gold more than his fucking useless life! Even his wife, my aunt, is ruing the the day she married this bum. Fuck you uncle. Rot in prison you moron. Could've easily gained Moksha by now if only he hadnt gone to the docs...

chumbawamba's picture

If I was that doctor, I would have ordered a nurse to go buy me a soda pop before the patient awoke.  I would then pop the cap and give it to him while I was drinking the soda.

"Hey, I found the problem.  I thought you might want to keep this as a souvenir."

Later that evening I would be packing my bags for a quiet island get-away somewhere in the Indian Ocean.  Fiji is nice.

I am Chumbawamba.

0b1knob's picture

Yes but the problem with gold is that you can't eat it.

Oh wait...

zhandax's picture

He could eat it, he just couldn't shit it out.  Poor health has a way of doing that to a person.

Son of Loki's picture

… the doctor reported the findings to the authorities and customs officials … who promptly confiscated the gold … and split it amongst themselves.”


rubiconsolutions's picture

“We are trying to plug all the loopholes......"

Uh, you mean buttholes?

Never One Roach's picture

The Indina Medical Board needs to yank that doctor's license ... violating doctor-patient confidentiality.

[yeah, right....]

mjcOH1's picture

"This is the first time I have recovered gold from the stomach of a patient. I remember having taken out a bladder stone weighing 1kg from a patient. But finding gold in a patient's stomach was something unbelievable...We found 12 gold bars lying in a stack in his stomach."


The businessman, who had undergone four stomach surgeries in the past and is a diabetic, was admitted to the hospital earlier this month, with symptoms of "acute intestinal obstruction", Dr Ramachandran added."



Breaking on CNBC -  Gold causes Diab-eat-us.   Sell.  Sell.  Sell.

RafterManFMJ's picture

Just had an awesome smuggling idea; find someone with only one eye and make a gold fake eye for his other, creepy, weepy gaping red hole.

He can smuggle an eye of gold or diamonds every flight!

Hey, you can also smuge gold in your teeth!

SilverRhino's picture

Transport Osmium, transport iridium, because pretty much nobody knows what the fuck they are.


Armchair Bear's picture

at $130 per ounce over spot, that's only around $1500 profit for the twelve bars...

PersonalResponsibility's picture

It's just some metal.  Id rather have some egg laying hens and some goats.

Soul Glow's picture

I'll take the metal and when you can't afford your mortgage/rent I'll buy your land, hens, and goats for just some metal.

Dubaibanker's picture


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q99x2's picture

They talked about golden hemorrhoids in the Bible. Pretty sure this is not a new phenomena.

Silverballs's picture

I would love to party with that guy!!

Gringo Viejo's picture

Would have been one hell of a doubt.

Bluntly Put's picture


Oh it's gone far beyond that, now we have institutionalized idiocy into full blown Idiocracy.



ebworthen's picture

Man, stick 'em up your ass after your morning constitutional then jump on the plane.

I'd bet those bars couldn't get past his stomach's sphincter.

Big picture, it's the Indian .gov's fault.

fockewulf190's picture

He should have bought 8 of those 50g Valcambi gold bars and broke each of them up into 1 gram "skittles".  He could have mixed them all up in a nice steaming bowl of apple cinnamon oatmeal and sat around the house for the next day or two honking like a goose everytime he lays his golden eggs.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Looks like everyone in the story has their prioroties straight!

Wouldn't sharting out a brick rip you a new one?

People are weird. How come the metal detectors did not go off?


ebworthen's picture

Another good thing about Gold; takes a specific detector to find it.

Airport detectors are for gun type metals, not PM's.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Interesting, did not know that. Thanks.


Rusty Shorts's picture

May come in handy down the road there ORI ;-)

zhandax's picture

Depends on the tuning.  My watch doesn't set off one at work, but does set off the other.  There is a LCD readout at the top with a numerical scale.  One triggers around 120 and the other around 90.  Non-ferrous metals and stainless steel seem to be detected less, but a tight tuning will detect them.

4 Freedoms's picture

I hate to burst your bubble.  I had several Au bars in my pants, going thru airport security in the US.  The detectors found them.  I had to show the bars, but I kept them and proceeded to my flight. 

IdeasRbulletproof's picture

U did a full body scan? Or walk thru? My chain has never caused the detector to go off. Belts, watches, wallet maybe. But never my gold...

Next time, choose to walk thru, you will have no problem.

FinalEvent's picture

Gold plated plastic is not dense enough

ebworthen's picture

I stand corrected - damn T.S.A.

According to this, shows up in X-Ray because it is dense; thanks for the heads-up.

laboratorymike's picture

Correct me if I'm wrong, but...

Walk-through detectors rely on magnetic fields, which picks up iron (steel in guns).

Full body scanners using millimeter waves pick up anything dense that is not below the skin. So any metal in pockets.

Full body scanners using X-rays will get everything.

But hey, it's for your freedom(tm)!

FinalEvent's picture

Thanks for the advice.

Next time I will take one of these with me in the plane

You never know these days,... all those terristststststst

Yen Cross's picture

 Negative "ghost pilot" . A round of Maple Leafs,Krugerrands,will set off the sensors.

 Just do it carry-on as jewelry.

fonzannoon's picture

They left the 20 1oz silver bars up his ass alone. They were not worth recovering and it's on him now to crap them out.

novictim's picture


< --Food


Which is the "real" true source of financial wealth?

Yen Cross's picture

 I guess that's the true definition of "tank ass?"

Smegley Wanxalot's picture

Wish I had the ability to literally shit gold.

Skateboarder's picture

Fifth of Goldschläger should do the trick.

p.s. too bad that guy didn't shit it out like he thought he would. Pyloric sphincter said "nuh-uh, not happening."

Yen Cross's picture

@ Skateboarder  are you sure you aren't lieing about your age? 

      I just found a bottle of  Goldschläger "circa '90's" in my cottage. (not a joke)  I was dealing with a bee-hive above the water heater at the time.

Skateboarder's picture

That should still be drinkable. I recently found in my things a flimsy Peruvian soda bottle with about two swigs left of homemade Peruvian moonshine that my friend gifted me in '06. I doubt it will ever go bad. ;-)

We had a beehive in the house once - in the wall of my sister's room. It was a sudden explosion of bees over a month's time, buzzing away at night. Poor girl had to sleep through that. We had 'em humanely removed, but man... bees in your walls aint fun.

Ballin D's picture

Someone should sell 'novelty' .999 gold buttplugs. Lube not included.

Rican's picture

What's the market for curry-scented gold?

giggler321's picture

That's what happens when you ban something, they'll stick anything in a golden boy condom just to see if they'll get over border.

If I was him I'd plead overindulgence at a party where they had real edible gold.

Skateboarder's picture

"I thought I was eating those gold-wrapper chocolates."

"Then why didn't you take off the wrappers?"

"Uhh... I was in a hurry, and I was really hungry!"

infowars1971's picture

no need to do that with bitcoin bitcoin wins

Freewheelin Franklin's picture

He was smuggling gold into the country. Bitcoin is good for smuggling wealth out of a country.