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Man,43, found with unpolished diamonds, arrested

Police in the Western Cape have arrested a 43-year -old after they found him with 344 unpolished diamonds and 1030 unpolished rubies.

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Diamond mining production in South Africa has hit a 10-year low. Here are the reasons ‘why’ – and where Mzansi ranks in global production. Image: Pexels

South African Police Service (SAPS) arrested one person on Tuesday, 2 May, for illegally possessing precious stones.

In a statement, the police said members of Operation Restore conducted a roadblock on the N7 in Klawer when they stopped and searched a Toyota Quantum with its passengers.

SUSPECT FOUND WITH 344 UNPOLISHED DIAMONDS AND 1030 UNPOLISHED RUBIES

“One of the occupants of the vehicle luggage was searched, and the members found 344 unpolished diamonds and 1030 unpolished rubies in his luggage,” read the statement.

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VALUE OF THE STONES IS YET TO BE DETERMINED

The 43-year-old will appear in the Klawer Magistrates Court.

“The value of the diamonds is yet to be determined,” added the statement.

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Image of the stones found from the suspect. Picture via Facebook/ South African Police Service.

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