Smuggled caviar worth hundreds of thousands of euros was discovered by Russian police in a hospital morgue. The luxury contraband was stashed in various hiding places, including next to a corpse, in a St Petersburg hospital.
The Moscow Times
reported that the caviar belonged to an unnamed 64-year-old entrepreneur who ran a funeral business from the building, and a morgue attendant. The caviar had been concealed in packages labeled "Aviation Security. Checked" and "biological waste."
Police said that the pair claimed the caviar was "meant for their private use to celebrate the new year and a party for the hospital personnel." They did not elaborate if the party was due to be held in the morgue.
The illegally fished caviar from an endangered species was both black and red, and weighed in at 175 kilograms.
reported that no charges have yet been made but the hospital's sanitary inspector is due to be questioned. Owning caviar is not a crime but storing it amongst corpses could violate sanitary laws.
According to rbth.ru
one kilogram of Caspian black caviar costs from $1,500 to $3,000.