Capt. Paul Ramaloko of the South African Police Service said investigators arrested the man Tuesday night as he waited in line at security at O.R. Tambo International Airport just outside of Johannesburg. Ramaloko said a scan of the man's body showed the diamonds, which later were recovered. He said the man had been on his way to Dubai.
Ramaloko said the diamonds are worth about $2.3 million. Authorities believe the man belongs to a smuggling ring, as another man was arrested in March attempting the same thing.
South Africa is one of the world's top diamond producers.
More Nation & World Headlines
New step in Trump’s feud with Fox News; Clinton weighs in Air controller study shows chronic fatigue Group backing Hillary Clinton gets $1M from anonymous donors Navajo Nation declares emergency after Colorado mine spill To inhale or not to inhale: Was Shakespeare a cannabis user? Ferguson on edge after shooting Grizzlies may be killed if tied to fatal Yellowstone attack Trump’s policy approach a mystery amid lack of detail
Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.