U.S. Customs and Border Protection said border patrol agents from the Houlton Border Patrol Station arrested a 36-year-old Chinese woman for “illegally” entering the U.S. from Canada.
In a statement, the agency said the woman was arrested with 14.25 ounces of gold bars worth over $38,000.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the woman was held near Amity, Maine and admitted to being a Chinese national illegally present in the U.S.
“Agents were able to verify the location where she illegally entered the U.S. by matching footprints belonging to the suspect the scene. During processing, it was found that the Chinese national had legally entered Canada as a student. She also admitted to knowingly entering the U.S. illegally at a place other than a designated port of entry with the purpose of visiting a friend in San Francisco, California,” said the agency in the statement.