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Woman accused of smuggling more than 10,000 diamonds inside her body

Expert says likely a case of money laundering

Border officials say they have charged a woman they allege tried to smuggle more than 10,000 rough diamonds inside her body.

The Canada Border Services Agency says Helena Freida Bodner was arrested February 3rd at Toronto's Pearson airport, having flown in from Trinidad and Tobago.

Spokeswoman Antonella DiGirolamo says Bodner carried the gems, about 1,500 carats worth, "internally," though she would not elaborate. Their value is roughly $398,000.

Bodner is described as a "foreign national" and the agency says it is still investigating the diamonds' provenance.

CBSA Regional Director Goran Vragovic says the seizure bolsters the agency's "ongoing efforts to combat smuggling and fight global conflict."

Security expert Ross McLean expects that the smuggling had little to do with gemstones.

"It's not importing diamonds, it's money laundering", says McLean, suggesting drugs could be be at play somewhere down the line.

He doesn't think the quantity of rough diamonds in question is especially surprising.

"People who are money laundering, they want to move as much as possible. They want it out of the hands of US taxes and everything else...and diamonds are a great way to smuggle and move about money."

The evidence has been turned over to the RCMP.

Helena Freida Bodner is charged under the Customs Act with making false statements, unlawful possession of prohibited goods and smuggling.

She is due back in court next month.

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  1. Felix posted on 02/22/2014 12:58 PM
    Funny story. Did they watch her taking a shit every time during the two weeks? Who washed the diamonds afterwards? Was she Jewish? I bet she is.
  2. kenfromcanada posted on 02/22/2014 01:53 PM
    Felix

    How is this lady being of one ethnic group or another - germane to this story? AND, since I see a quick 'up-vote' for you, a trick of the biggest self-voter here - donny p(putz)- here is my theory: donny p(utz) has a new profile.
  3. john posted on 02/25/2014 02:18 PM
    what the hell dos being Jewish got to do with it ? who cares if she is .?
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