Skip to comments.Woman Arrested at Toronto Airport Had 10,000 Diamonds Hidden in Body
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 Torontos 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 ...
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How did they detect that she was carrying diamonds in her stomach?
Thanks for posting, Cindy. (good to see you) Very interesting.
The article doesn’t state how they detected the diamonds and I don’t want to speculate.
Good to see you to, PGalt.
Love that song.
"...now I know what they meant by me leaving "diamonds" under the rose bush"
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.
Being willfully ignorant in public does not honor free speech on FR.
Next time, THINK before you post.
Hey Fred ... is that a liver ?
Naaahhhh ... don't think so .... call Ralph.
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.
WOW. I agree. People should have no property or valuables, except that the State allows us (or Canadians).
Not being contentious, but why do you think he was ignorant? Are you FOR government intrusion?
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.
I know that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I think this gal went a little overboard.
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.
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.
Maybe she just didn’t want to check her luggage so she ate it instead?
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.
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.
I agree with you. What business does the government have in monitoring what assets we bring into and out of the country?
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.
Shouldn’t you be speaking at an ‘open borders’ rally?
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.
There’s such a thing as Customs where you have to declare things.......
So, diamonds are okay? What about heroin? Bombs? Snakes?
Sheeh, please think before posting.
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
Diamond girl, you sure do shine.
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.
Shouldn't you stick to making a relevant comment?
Sounds like we have a case of Cindy Stones.
Sheeh, please think before posting
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.
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?
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.
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?
I know what it's called. I'm questioning the validity of the concept, not the history of it.
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.
“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?
Constitution of the United States:
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;
Apparently most of you see nothing wrong with this.
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.
We’re talking Canada here, not the USA
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?
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.
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