Lebanese man swallows 220 diamonds in smuggling bid

November 14, 2012 - 12:26:53 pm
JOHANNESBURG: South African police on Wednesday said they had caught a Lebanese man who swallowed 220 polished diamonds in an audacious bid to smuggle them from Johannesburg to Dubai.


Officers arrested the 25-year-old at Johannesburg's international airport carrying the gems, worth an estimated $2.3 million.


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


"We had to take him through the X-ray and take them out from his body," he told AFP.


South Africa is among the world's top producers of diamonds. (AFP)