A truly stupid story.
Stealing gold does not launder your cash. The cash is still there and still dirty.
Stealing gold is profitable, but not cleansing.
Wouldnt they have to launder the profits from jewelry sales too? Wouldnt mixing lead with gold change the color significantly? I can see a difference in color between my .999 and .9999 fine gold.
I actually reread the story... and still couldn't figure out how the dirty money was laundered. The story is really about another income stream for the Mexican Cartels.
3 million dollaars is peanuts to drug cartels.