A man has been arrested at an airport in South Africa after swallowing 220 diamonds in an attempt to smuggle them out of the country.
The 25-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday night at O.R. Tambo International Ariport just outside Johannesburg after the diamonds showed up on a body scan at security.
Capt. Paul Ramaloko of the South African Police Service said the diamonds were later recovered from the man, and were worth around £1.5 million, according to the Daily Telegraph.
The BBC reports that the man was of Lebanese origin, and was travelling to Dubai.
Authorities believe the man belongs to a smuggling ring, as another man was arrested in March attempting the very same thing.
Swallowing diamonds as a way to steal or smuggle them is not a new technique. Back in September, police arrested a man who for swallowing an £8,000 diamond at a gem exhibition in Sri Lanka.
Diamond owner Suresh de Silva said the man asked for a close inspection of the gem, and operated by swapping real gemstones with forged ones. But he was caught in the act by Mr de Silva, who called the police.
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