Chinese woman illegally crossed Canada-US border with $ 38K in gold bars: authorities

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TORONTO – A Chinese woman has been arrested after allegedly entering the United States illegally from Canada while carrying more than $ 38,000 in gold bars, border officials said. The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said in a statement released Thursday that the woman was arrested with 14.25 ounces of gold bullion in her possession, valued at more than $ 38,000 ($ 28,500) . She also had over $ 13,500 (US $ 10,000) in cash.

The 36-year-old was apprehended Tuesday near the town of Amity, Maine, the agency said in a statement.

Officials said the woman admitted to being a Chinese national illegally present in the U.S. The woman told border officials that she was legally allowed to enter Canada as a student and crossed the border illegally for visiting a friend in San Francisco, California.

Border officers at the Houlton border patrol station determined where the woman illegally crossed the Canada-U.S. Border by matching footprints with her shoes, the statement said.

The woman, who has not been identified, was subsequently returned to Canada after her arrest.

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