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Federal Officials Seize Painted Gold

Friday, October 22, 2021

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Earlier this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials seized nearly six pounds of gold that had been painted black by an alleged smuggler.

According to reports, a passenger arriving from Colombia at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida was trying to smuggled the painted gold into the U.S. The passenger had reportedly attempted to disguise the painted gold as belt buckles, bracelets and keychains.

Officials report that the value of the seized gold is about $170,000.

“Gold is one of the top 10 items smuggled globally, either to evade import duties or to launder the illicit profits of transnational criminal organizations,” said Stephen Balog, the agency's acting Fort Lauderdale Port Director.

Since the seizure of the gold, an investigation has been launched by Homeland Security.

Painted Gold Elsewhere

As if it were beginning to be some kind of trend, just the month before in September, customs officials were reported to have seized 390 grams (almost 14 ounces) of gold and electronic goods worth Rs 22.31 lakh (roughly $2.2 million) from a passenger at Chennai airport in India.

Similar to the case in Florida, the gold was also painted black and concealed within the passenger’s waistband and rectum. According to reports, the passenger was arrested as a result of the attempted smuggling.


Tagged categories: AS; Coating Materials; Coating Materials - Commercial; Decorative Finishes; Ethics; India; NA; North America; Paint; Paint application

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