Updated: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:41:01 GMT | By Agence France-Presse

Lebanese man swallows 220 diamonds in smuggling bid

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.


Lebanese man swallows 220 diamonds in smuggling bid

Lebanese man swallows 220 diamonds in smuggling bid

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.

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