If you’ve been to the Royal Canadian Mint before, you have seen how intimidating and significant the security is. So, you may be wondering how someone would smuggle out OVER $130,000 IN GOLD. Well…
Mint employee Leston Lawrence has been found guilty of smuggling 22 gold pucks (large, cylindrical gold disks) out of his workplace in…well, his derriere.
The National Post reporting here that the judge could find no other reasonable explanation for how the gold had gone missing, and there was a good amount of evidence against Lawrence.
“Vaseline and latex gloves were recovered in his locker; the pucks seized from his safety deposit box exactly matched the kind he made in the refinery; he repeatedly set off the metal detector exiting the Mint’s secure area; there was no plausible explanation for the thousands of dollars he wired out of the country”
But, by FAR the best part of this: the judge presiding over the case? Ontario Justice Peter Doody. AND, the case has been dubbed “Gold Sphincter”. You can’t make this stuff up.