Russian police find half a ton of caviar in speeding hearse

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MOSCOW (AP) — Police in Russia’s far east say they stopped a hearse speeding on a highway – only to find half a ton of caviar stashed inside.

The Interior Ministry’s department in the Khabarovsk region said on Tuesday the hearse was caught speeding on the road connecting Khabarovsk, not far the Chinese border, to a city further north. When police officers asked the driver to open the car they saw plastic containers with caviar hidden under the wreaths lying next to a casket. More caviar was found inside the casket, which did not contain a body.

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Caviar production in Russia is strictly regulated, with wild caviar production often being suspended amid fears for the extinction of sturgeon populations.

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