Mint worker smuggled $180K worth of gold in his rectum

by Garry Watts September 23, 2016, 0:44
Mint worker smuggled $180K worth of gold in his rectum

The Crown alleges that Lawrence tried to leave the mint with stolen gold hidden up his rectum on several occasions.

Lawrence is accused of selling the gold over a four-month span at a gold buyer's shop and then cashing in big cheques at a bank in the same mall. After noticing that Lawrence worked at the Mint she alerted the RCMP. He supposedly set off the metal detector more than other employees as a result of the extra metal he was, uh, carrying. Moreover, the mint has absolutely zero knowledge of any missing gold.

His attorney called the case "appalling", citing what he called the governments unimpressive collection of circumstantial evidence.

Investigators said they found a jar of Vaseline in Lawrence's locker, and believe the pucks could have been concealed in an anal cavity, thus allowing him to pass security without setting off alarms.

Lawrence was an operator in the refinery section, and one of his duties was to scoop gold from buckets so it could be tested for purity. If the metal detector was set off, employees would then be searched with a handheld metal detecting wand.

Leston Lawrence's job with the Royal Canadian Mint involved testing the composition of gold being used to produce coins, which are guaranteed to be contain 99 percent pure.

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Doody, the judge, is slated to deliver his verdict in Ottawa Nov. 9.

The case concluded on Tuesday, and Justice Peter Doody - yes, Doody - is scheduled to deliver a decision in the case by November 9.

"This is the Royal Canadian Mint, your Honour, and one would think they should have the highest security measures imaginable", the lawyer said, as reported by Ottawa Citizen columnist Kelly Egan, who had followed the case since catching wind of the charges in September 2015.

The defense didn't miss the opportunity to point out that the mint was seemingly unaware of any theft or missing gold, and likely can not prove this is even the case. Further, [he] said, the Mint isn't even sure a theft took place. In preparation for these proceedings, in fact, a security employee actually tested the idea.

The Crown has argued that the gold matches a dipping spoon, a special mould unique to the Mint, which they say confirms the alleged theft.

In a statement, a Mint spokeswoman said security measures had been upgraded, including security cameras in all areas and an improved ability to track their gold.

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