Mint worker who smuggled gold in rectum paying it back

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(CBC) A former Royal Canadian Mint employee who smuggled $165,000 worth of gold in his rectum over several months is making efforts to pay it back, court heard Monday.

Earlier this month, 35-year-old Leston Lawrence was found guilty of stealing 22 gold “pucks” worth a total of $165,000 from the mint on Sussex Drive in Ottawa, and laundering 18 of them through Ottawa Gold Buyers. The weight of the pucks ranged from 192 to 264 grams apiece.

He was also found guilty of possession of property obtained by crime, conveying gold out of the mint and breach of trust by a public official.

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