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ITALY (CBS) -- Italian police have found gold ingots worth 4.5 million euros ($5.8 million) hidden in a car headed to Switzerland on what appeared "an ordinary Easter day out with the family".

Police stopped the car on a routine check on Easter Sunday but became suspicious as the man driving it, his wife and three children became increasingly nervous and they found two hidden compartments under the seats.

"It looked like an ordinary Easter day out with the family," the financial police said in a statement, adding that the couple had given "evasive answers" and were therefore taken to a police station for a full-scale search.

A total of 12 ingots were found wrapped in old newspapers and tied together with sellotape, according to video images released by the financial police in Ponte Chiasso in northern Italy, close to Lugano in southern Switzerland.

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