South Africa arrests diamond smuggler who swallowed 220 gems
November 15 , 2012
South African police have arrested a man who swallowed 220 polished diamonds in order to smuggle them out of the country.
The man was arrested on Wednesday as he waited to board a plane at Johannesburg airport.
Officials said a scan of his body revealed the diamonds, worth $2.3 million.
The man is reportedly of Lebanese origin and was traveling to Dubai.
Authorities believe he belongs to a smuggling ring. In March, another man was arrested as he attempted to smuggle diamonds out the country in a similar manner.