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Woman Arrested at Toronto Airport Had 10,000 Diamonds Hidden in Body
THE GLOBE AND MAIL ^ | February 21, 2013 | by Tu Thanh Ha

Posted on 02/24/2014 2:50:14 AM PST by Cindy

SNIPPET: "The arrest of a woman accused of hiding more than 10,000 diamonds inside her body when she landed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport comes amid warnings that Canada is one of the countries where illicit diamonds have been used for money laundering."

SNIPPET: "The woman had landed at Pearson on a Feb. 3 flight from Trinidad and Tobago, when she came to the attention of a Canada Border Services Agency officer, according to CBSA spokeswoman Vanessa Barrasa.

The RCMP said the woman was found to have carried 10,202 stones inside her.

The 1,500 carats (about 300 grams) of rough diamonds have an estimated value of $398,000, the RCMP said.

Helena Freida Bodner, a 66-year-old foreign national, was charged with four customs offences and two counts under the Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Act."

SNIPPET: "Trinidad is not a diamond-mining country. The nearest sources of the precious stones would be Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana."

SNIPPET: "A similar scheme is outlined in a report released last month by the Financial Action Task Force, a Paris-based intergovernmental body that sets standards and promotes anti-laundering reforms.

The report identified Canada as one of countries that have seen major criminal cases where diamonds were used as a currency in the narcotics trade, money laundering and terrorism financing."

(Excerpt) Read more at theglobeandmail.com ...


TOPICS: Canada; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: airport; airports; brazil; canada; cbsa; diamond; diamonds; guyana; moneylaundering; narcoticstrade; pearson; pearsoninternational; rcmp; terrorismfinancing; tobago; toronto; trinidad; trinidadandtobago; venezuela
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1 posted on 02/24/2014 2:50:14 AM PST by Cindy
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Off Thread Topic:

http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/bodybombs/index


2 posted on 02/24/2014 2:54:42 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

How did they detect that she was carrying diamonds in her stomach?


3 posted on 02/24/2014 2:55:27 AM PST by oblomov
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To: Cindy

Thanks for posting, Cindy. (good to see you) Very interesting.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5b65hociXU


4 posted on 02/24/2014 2:57:27 AM PST by PGalt
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To: oblomov

The article doesn’t state how they detected the diamonds and I don’t want to speculate.


5 posted on 02/24/2014 3:04:29 AM PST by Cindy
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To: PGalt

Good to see you to, PGalt.

Love that song.


6 posted on 02/24/2014 3:04:56 AM PST by Cindy
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To: Cindy

"...now I know what they meant by me leaving "diamonds" under the rose bush"

7 posted on 02/24/2014 3:28:13 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Cindy

What business is it of theirs is she has diamonds in her? What next arrest people with large rings? Governments get more overbearing and intrusive every day.


8 posted on 02/24/2014 3:39:07 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

Being willfully ignorant in public does not honor free speech on FR.

Next time, THINK before you post.


9 posted on 02/24/2014 3:43:17 AM PST by Cindy
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To: oblomov
I guess everybody goes through a body scan machine and a bunch of rock would stick out like a sore thumb ...

Hey Fred ... is that a liver ?

Naaahhhh ... don't think so .... call Ralph.

10 posted on 02/24/2014 3:48:19 AM PST by knarf (I say things that are true .. I have no proof .. but they're true.)
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To: Cindy
Being willfully ignorant in public does not honor free speech on FR.

Other than insulting me do you have a point, or are you just another jackboot licking government toady? Being willfully stupid and completely missing my point doesn't help your case toots.

11 posted on 02/24/2014 3:53:47 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Cindy

WOW. I agree. People should have no property or valuables, except that the State allows us (or Canadians).


12 posted on 02/24/2014 3:54:31 AM PST by PghBaldy (12/14 - 930am -rampage begins... 12/15 - 1030am - Obama's advance team scouts photo-op locations.)
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To: Cindy
Being willfully ignorant

Not being contentious, but why do you think he was ignorant? Are you FOR government intrusion?

13 posted on 02/24/2014 3:59:03 AM PST by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*ou)
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To: Cindy

Kidney stones???????????????


14 posted on 02/24/2014 4:02:28 AM PST by sodpoodle (Life is prickly - carry tweezers.)
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To: from occupied ga

If you were carrying that many diamonds you would usually think of bringing paperwork to prove provenance and would declare them instead of stuffing them in your body.


15 posted on 02/24/2014 4:23:04 AM PST by LukeL
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To: Cindy

I know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I think this gal went a little overboard.


16 posted on 02/24/2014 4:29:13 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (Democrats: The perfect party for the helpless and stupid, and those who would rule over them.)
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To: oblomov

Diamonds have strong x-ray fluorescence so I would guess one of those “harmless” backscatter x-ray body scanners lit up like a Christmas tree.


17 posted on 02/24/2014 4:30:11 AM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: LukeL
If you were carrying that many diamonds you would usually think of bringing paperwork to prove provenance and would declare them instead of stuffing them in your body.

You also miss the point. Point being what business is it of the government if you're transporting valuables, currency, etc.? By saying you should show provenance, then you're automatically granting that the government has the right to control what you own and how much money/valuables you can carry etc.

18 posted on 02/24/2014 4:31:14 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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Maybe she just didn’t want to check her luggage so she ate it instead?


19 posted on 02/24/2014 4:41:22 AM PST by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: from occupied ga

I did not miss the point. You just don’t find rough diamonds like that. They are traded through tightly controlled channels and only certain brokers would have access to such a large amount of product.


20 posted on 02/24/2014 4:43:25 AM PST by LukeL
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To: from occupied ga
Point being what business is it of the government if you're transporting valuables, currency, etc.? By saying you should show provenance, then you're automatically granting that the government has the right to control what you own and how much money/valuables you can carry etc.

At the Port of Entry (or Exit), they do.

Ever wonder why searching luggage at a Customs station in the airport isn't a violation of the 4th Amendment?

If the diamonds were legal, the lady would've declared them. She didn't. Thus, the quite logical presumption that they are coming into the country for an unlawful purpose.

21 posted on 02/24/2014 4:44:06 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: from occupied ga

I agree with you. What business does the government have in monitoring what assets we bring into and out of the country?


22 posted on 02/24/2014 4:44:35 AM PST by Tulane
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To: Cindy

Bfl


23 posted on 02/24/2014 4:51:46 AM PST by gaijin
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To: from occupied ga

Do you believe there should be tariffs on foreign goods brought into the country for sale, say for example goods mfg. in China and brought in and sold at Wal-Mart?

If you do you just defeated your own argument.


24 posted on 02/24/2014 4:53:11 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: from occupied ga

Shouldn’t you be speaking at an ‘open borders’ rally?


25 posted on 02/24/2014 4:58:14 AM PST by PAR35
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To: okie01
At the Port of Entry (or Exit), they do.

I'm not saying that they don't do it, I'm saying that it is another unwarrented government intrusion into our lives.

If the diamonds were legal, the lady would've declared them. She didn't

Legal? Again you're missing the point which is that the government doesn't have any business deciding what valuables I'm allowed to own, what I'm allowed to carry and which I'm not. Diamonds are a readily transportable form of wealth historically used by people fleeing repressive governments. Of course those selfsame government declare removing wealth from their countries illegal. My position is that the government doesn't have any business knowing what my assets are, what cash I'm carrying etc.

26 posted on 02/24/2014 5:02:06 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

There’s such a thing as Customs where you have to declare things.......


27 posted on 02/24/2014 5:04:11 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: from occupied ga
What business is it of theirs is she has diamonds in her?

So, diamonds are okay? What about heroin? Bombs? Snakes?

Sheeh, please think before posting.

28 posted on 02/24/2014 5:04:47 AM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: IMR 4350
Do you believe there should be tariffs on foreign goods brought into the country for sale,

No I don't. Tariffs simply reward one group of citizens at the expense of everyone else by artificially inflating the cost of some goods. Try reading Bastiat's that which is seen and that which is not seen

29 posted on 02/24/2014 5:05:26 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Cindy

Diamond girl, you sure do shine.


30 posted on 02/24/2014 5:05:28 AM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Cindy

um.. this whole thing doesn’t make sense

if someone wants to trade in diamonds ... why stuff a bunch of ruff cut ones inside someone to smuggle across the border when you can just place one really nice cut one on her finger of the same value and call it a wedding ring?

there are plenty of $300,000 diamonds out there.


31 posted on 02/24/2014 5:05:31 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied .. the economy died.)
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To: PAR35
Shouldn’t you be speaking at an ‘open borders’ rally?

Shouldn't you stick to making a relevant comment?

32 posted on 02/24/2014 5:06:21 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

Sounds like we have a case of Cindy Stones.


33 posted on 02/24/2014 5:07:09 AM PST by stockpirate (It appears good men have decided to do nothing, so evil is prevailing......)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity
So you feel that the government has the right to determine what you should own, what you should be allowed to carry with you, and what form your wealth should take, and how much wealth you should be allowed to have?

Sheeh, please think before posting

34 posted on 02/24/2014 5:09:03 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: stockpirate
Sounds like we have a case of Cindy Stones.

Sounds painful

35 posted on 02/24/2014 5:10:04 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga
Legal? Again you're missing the point which is that the government doesn't have any business deciding what valuables I'm allowed to own, what I'm allowed to carry and which I'm not.

And you're missing mine.

At the border, the government of any country has every right to know what you're bringing into -- or taking out of -- the country. It's a matter of a.) security and b.) collecting taxes (tariffs) -- the two fundamental roles of the federal government according to the Constitution.

Accordingly, the 4th Amendment against "unreasonable search & seizure" does not apply at the Port of Entry (or Exit).

In the Interior, your position is justified. At the border, it's not.

36 posted on 02/24/2014 5:13:56 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: nuconvert
There’s such a thing as Customs where you have to declare things.......

The whole point is WHY should you have to declare them? Answer: SO THE GOVENMENT CAN COLLECT A TAX ON THEM. Right? Now why should the government have the right to tax your wealth just because you cross a border?

37 posted on 02/24/2014 5:15:17 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Tulane

There are protections provided to the citizens of the US by monitoring what crosses our boarders, even though this lady was in Canada. For example, nuclear, chemical or bio weapons. Also, blood diamonds were used to finance the Sept. 11 attacks here. Two of the 19 hijackers spent the he last 18 months of their lives living in Sierra Leon buying all the production from the RUF, the muslim terrorists that left tens of thousands of amputees in their pursuit of control of the diamond bearing areas. The next time you want to purchase anything that has diamonds in it, from drill bits, nail files to jewelry, ask if they are ‘conflict free’ diamonds and where are the Kimberly Process documents to authenticate source.


38 posted on 02/24/2014 5:16:03 AM PST by DocRock (All they that TAKE the sword shall perish with the sword. Matthew 26:52 Gun grabbers beware.)
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To: from occupied ga
It is called Tariffs. You know, that thing that governments collect when you import items of value from one country to another. They have only being doing this for a few thousand or so years.
39 posted on 02/24/2014 5:17:12 AM PST by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: okie01
In the Interior, your position is justified. At the border, it's not.

The security reason is pretty much BS when talking about diamonds therefore we're down to taxes. So you think just because someone crosses a border their wealth should be up for grabs by the government?

40 posted on 02/24/2014 5:19:45 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear
It is called Tariffs.

I know what it's called. I'm questioning the validity of the concept, not the history of it.

41 posted on 02/24/2014 5:22:33 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: DocRock
There are protections provided to the citizens of the US by monitoring what crosses our boarders

LOL Yes of course keeping the steady stream of illegals and drugs out has kept the welfare rolls down and won the "war on drugs.". Oh wait, they DON'T keep the illegals out. And they haven't been able to stop the flow of drugs. So the rest of it is down to revenue collection.

42 posted on 02/24/2014 5:25:27 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

“why should the government have the right to tax your wealth just because you cross a border?

You can be a kazillionaire and enter & exit the country with no ‘tax on your wealth’

Question: How do you propose stopping people from money laundering.....or should that not be against the law?


43 posted on 02/24/2014 5:25:36 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: from occupied ga; Tulane

Constitution of the United States:

Section. 8.

The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;


44 posted on 02/24/2014 5:28:04 AM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: All
"To be governed is to be watched over, inspected, spied on, directed, legislated at, regulated, docketed, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, assessed, weighed, censored, ordered about, by men who have neither the right, nor the knowledge, nor the virtue. ... To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction, noted, registered, enrolled, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under the pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be placed under contribution, trained, ransomed, exploited, monopolized, extorted, squeezed, mystified, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, despised, harassed, tracked, abused, clubbed, disarmed, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and, to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, outraged, dishonoured. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality. "

Proudhone

Apparently most of you see nothing wrong with this.

45 posted on 02/24/2014 5:29:02 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

Then companies should be allowed to bring in their own labor from other countries, after all the govt has set a false “minimum wage” for people in this country when people from other countries are willing to work much cheaper.


46 posted on 02/24/2014 5:29:20 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: Drango

We’re talking Canada here, not the USA


47 posted on 02/24/2014 5:29:47 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: IMR 4350
Did you read Bastiat? I'll give you the link since you seem to think that protectionism (which is simply another form of wealth transfer) is somehow a good thing. Tell me do you think the progressive income tax and welfare payments are good too? What about unions jacking up wages and increasing costs? Or do you draw the line somewhere?

Bastiat

48 posted on 02/24/2014 5:34:10 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

So Canada shouldn’t be allowed to but the USA should be allowed.

Why should the USA be allowed to levy tariffs but Canada shouldn’t?


49 posted on 02/24/2014 5:36:16 AM PST by IMR 4350
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To: from occupied ga
The security reason is pretty much BS when talking about diamonds therefore we're down to taxes. So you think just because someone crosses a border their wealth should be up for grabs by the government?

Security applies to the diamonds, as well. You're bringing a stash of diamonds into the country to do...what?

There's no claim of innocent purpose to be made.

In any event, understand that your argument has no legal standing...anywhere.

50 posted on 02/24/2014 5:41:37 AM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media -- IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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