South Africa arrests diamond smuggler who swallowed 220 gems

  • 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.