Prince George’s County police struck gold Wednesday after they broke up an illegal jewelry operation and recovered more than $100,000 in gold and jewelry.
The police’s Special Enforcement Division took a Mexican national into custody and discovered a cache of gold and jewelry inside his home.
Police said the suspect has been operating an illegal jewelry kiosk inside a grocery store, where he’d receive stolen jewelry and gold.
After receiving it, the suspect would take it to his home and would melt it down to make it harder for authorities to trace it, police said. The suspect was also illegally operating a store out of his home.
The suspect is facing charges of receiving stolen property and operating a store without a license, among other charges.
Authorities said that as the price of gold has increased, a criminal element has taking advantage of the rise and become involved in the illegal gold trade.