Border patrol officials must always be on high alert when on the job. Border agents at the Port of Cincinnati found a package filled with nearly $68,000 of gold headed for Hong Kong that had a declared value of $125.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers selected a package for an X-ray examination on March 9, 2023. The package was from San Francisco and was addressed to Kowloon, Hong Kong in China. It was declared to contain only clothing valued at $125.
That wasn’t the case when officers peered inside. “After noting density anomalies during the X-ray screening, officers opened the shipment and found four gold bars and a box of loose gold concealed within articles of clothing,” the agency said in a statement.
“The [Laboratories and Scientific Services] confirmed the gold was approximately 98% pure, leading import specialists from the Center for Excellence and Expertise to assess the value of the shipment at $67,830.”