Jewels in Underwear Lead to Arrest of Indian Tourist

Customs officials said gold worth hundreds of thousands of dollars was found in the man's luggage and diamonds weighing 150 carats in his underwear.

Lior Mizrahi

An Indian national was arrested in Israel earlier this week for allegedly smuggling diamonds and gold worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in his underwear, Israel Hayom newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The diamonds were recovered by customs officials during a routine inspection at the Jordan River border crossing area between Jordan and Israel.

"Gold was found in the man's toothbrush container and luggage, while a bundle of wrapped diamonds weighing 150 carats was found in his underwear," the customs official said.

The unnamed Indian citizen admitted that he planned to sell the diamonds once he was in Israel.

All of the diamonds in his possession were undocumented, despite international conventions requiring such documentation to prevent trade in blood diamonds and money laundering by means of diamonds, the report stated.
Israeli narcotics and customs units are investigating the case further.