A young man recently tried to walk across the border from Hong Kong to mainland China with 1,000 diamonds in the insoles of his shoes, he was trying to hide it, but failed after customs officers at the busy Luohu crossing happened to notice that the guy had a suspicious case of the walking blues.
“The man was suspicious as he sometimes tiptoed. When he found that we were looking at him, he quickly shifted to normal walking posture,” a customs officer said, according to Xinhua.
Shenzhen customs officers asked the man to take off his shoes. Inside, they found 212.9 carats of diamonds inside bags hidden in his insoles.
Customs officers at the Hong Kong border are always on high alert for diamond smugglers, though typically the smugglers think of more inventive places to hide their diamonds. Only a few days prior to this incident, a man was caught trying to sneak 1,554 diamonds into mainland China inside some snack food packaging. Back in 2014, a Hong Kong man was arrested after customs officials found that he was wearing underwear filled with more than 7,000 diamonds.
Thai police had to go even further in 2015 to find a 6-carat diamond which they eventually retrieved from a Chinese tourist’s anus.
[Images via Xinhua]