A Jerusalem resident returning home on a flight from Italy was arrested at Ben-Gurion International Airport trying to smuggle diamonds. One package was wrapped in toilet paper, placed in his coat and a second in his handbag, wrapped in tape.
The 43-year-old man entered via the Green Line but customs inspectors were suspicious. They stopped him for inspection and found he was carrying 13 diamonds valued at $75,000 in addition to €19,000 and $3,700. He told police he is a diamond merchant in Italy. He is not registered as a diamond dealer in Israel and was informed only registered diamond merchants are permitted to bring diamonds into Israel.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)