Mainland officials at the Lo Wu border checkpoint arrested a 40-year-old Hong Kong woman last Friday after they found eight gold bars fastened around her waist.
The gold bars, said to be 99.99 percent pure with each weighing around a kilogram, were estimated to be worth a combined HK$2.5 million (US$322,375), Sing Tao Daily reported Thursday.
Customs officers became suspicious after they noticed that the woman, who was returning from Shenzhen, was walking stiffly with a bulging waistline.
When they stopped her for questioning, the woman denied that she was a smuggler. But a body search revealed the gold bars, which were wrapped in newspapers and had UBS and Valcambi Suisse inscriptions, according to the newspaper.
Officials believe the woman was a courier for a smuggling syndicate, and are following up on the case.
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