15 Nov 2012

Diamond 'mule' arrested

10:12 am on 15 November 2012

Police in South Africa have arrested a man who swallowed 220 diamonds in an attempt to smuggle them out of the country.

The man was arrested at Johannesburg airport.

A scan of his body revealed the diamonds he had ingested. The BBC reports they were worth $US2.3 million.

The man was reportedly of Lebanese origin and travelling to Dubai.

Another man was arrested in March attempting to smuggle diamonds out the country in a similar way.