South Africa arrests diamond smuggler 'who swallowed 220 gems'

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 15, 2012 05:50 hrs

South African police have arrested a man who allegedly swallowed 220 polished diamonds in an attempt to smuggle them out of the country.

The Lebanese origin man was arrested as he waited to board a plane at Johannesburg airport.

Officials said a scan of his body revealed the diamonds he had ingested, worth 2.3 million dollars, the BBC reports.

"We nabbed him just before he went through the security checkpoint," the report quoted Paul Ramaloko, spokesman of the South Africa elite police unit the Hawks, as saying.

Authorities believe the man belongs to a smuggling ring.

Another man was arrested in March also attempting to smuggle diamonds out the country in a similar way. (ANI)

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