2 Men With More Than $1.5 Million In Gold Arrested, Mexico Police Say

By: (CNN)
By: (CNN)

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) — Two men with more than $1.5 million in gold have been arrested at the Guadalajara airport, Mexican federal police said.

The men provided forged documents on ownership of the 110 lbs. of gold and could not offer proof that they owned more than 368,000 pesos ($27,000) they also were carrying, the federal police said on its Web site Wednesday.

The arrests occurred at a routine checkpoint at the Guadalajara International Airport when officers noticed that two men inside a 2006 Dodge Durango were acting nervously, said the Secretaria de Seguridad Publica, Mexico’s federal police.

Officers searched the sport-utility vehicle and found two blue suitcases, police said. Inside, officials said, police found several sealed black bags that contained nearly 50 kilograms of gold pieces. Police say they also found the 368,000 pesos in a black backpack.

Gold was selling Thursday for about $32,200 per kilogram, but it was not possible to ascertain how much the confiscated gold is worth because at least some of it was in coins. But 50 kilograms of gold sold on the open market would be worth about $1.6 million.

When asked for documentation on the gold and money, the two suspects gave officials five receipts that showed obvious alterations, police said.

The two suspects were identified as Juan Carlos Torres Gomez, 31, and Hector Hilario Soto Leyva, 30.

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