Man accused of smuggling $180K worth of gold in his rectum

OTTAWA, Canada (WCMH) — An employee at the Royal Canadian Mint is accused of smuggling $180K worth of gold where the sun don’t shine.

Prosecutors say Lester Lawrence, 38, smuggled several cookie-sized gold pieces called “pucks” out of the Mint by putting them in his rectum.

Prosecutors say alarms would sound each time Lawrence tried to pass through security, but guards never found anything on him when they patted him down.

Lawrence would then take the gold to a mall in Ottawa where he would trade it for cash.

His bank then reported the suspicious deposits after he made $180,000 over the course of a few months. That then raised a few red flags at the mint where he worked.

Investigators then searched Lawrence’s locker where they found a tub of Vaseline, the Ottawa Citizen reports. They then got the idea that the gold puck “could be concealed in an anal cavity and not be detected by the wand.”

To make sure this was even possible, a security guard volunteered to test the hypothesis. He was successful.

Lawrence now faces multiple charges. A court won’t reach a decision in the case until November, CNN reports. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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