Jewelry smuggling, or, as it is more mildly called in the diamond business, "submarine goods," has always existed and exists. Still, it is complicated to prove it. The mutual responsibility of the "diamond brotherhood" becomes even more challenging when it comes to smuggling operations. "What an impenetrable wall of silence! - exclaimed an investigator one day, trying to solve the theft of diamonds. They almost deny the existence of diamonds as such."
The nature of the "goods" makes smuggling a natural stage feature on stones from the mine to the cutting center and buyer. After all, diamonds are very easy to hide.
A South African police colonel who worked in the investigation department in Kimberley. And specialized in identifying illegal buyers of stones stolen from mines made conclusions about where it is best to hide diamonds. First, he hid a 10-carat diamond the size of a cherry stone in his mouth behind one of his molars. Spitting it out, he said: "You see, you didn't even suspect that I was holding 10 thousand dollars in my mouth. The diamond is so small that it can be easily hidden anywhere. I can hide a fortune in the knot of your tie." A smuggler once told him that a man could carry so many diamonds on his body that he would be provided for life. They can be hidden in the mouth, in the ears, under the arms. In the navel, in the rectum, vagina, between the toes. You can even swallow. By the way, the famous James Bond hid them in a golf ball.
Ingenuity in hiding diamonds knows almost no limits. They were hidden in tubes of toothpaste, jars of shaving cream, boxes of powder. One of the professional tricks is to attach the diamonds to a strip of adhesive tape and stick it between the double bottom of the suitcase. Another trick is to fill the hollow heel with diamonds, although putting too many stones in it is risky. The customs service in Bombay exposed a German courier with two kilograms of diamonds. He was hidden in specially made heels and soles of high leather shoes simply because he was betrayed by an uncertain gait. And American customs officers at Kennedy Airport spotted a guy from Hong Kong. He moved his feet very carefully to avoid damaging heels "worth" $ 1 million.
An American wanted to get his hands on the diamonds stolen from the Mwadui mine in Tanzania. Came up with the idea of posing as a collector of rare birds for zoos. He made these birds swallow diamonds and quite openly left the country. In East Africa, he had a solid reputation as a bird trader, so no one thought to ask what he was feeding them.
The record, perhaps, belongs to one young lady who lost an eye in a car accident and engaged in diamond smuggling. She transported them, hiding them in the eye socket and covering them with an artificial eye.
However, even the best caches can be discovered entirely by accident. The head of a large jewelry trading house went on vacation with his wife and children to Singapore and bought his wife a beautiful diamond ring there. Before the plane landed, she took the call off her finger and hid it in her bra. Passing through the customs post, the husband and wife firmly said: "We have nothing to show." However, at that moment, their five-year-old kid blurted out: "Mom, and you forgot to show the ring that you have in your bra." The customs officers politely asked them to stand aside and called an appraiser to inspect the stone. A few minutes later, the appraiser, smiling, said: "It's all right. You were sold a fake."
All this does not follow that all diamond dealers (diamonds) are scammers. Most of them are honest people, but some minimal traders, simply. Cannot resist the temptation to ship products to their uncle or cousin in New York, Hong Kong, or Milan, bypassing all sorts of bureaucratic formalities. They do not even admit the idea that they are committing a crime. They simply consider themselves participants in the old, old game of paying as little taxes as possible. A significant part of such smuggling is carried out simply on occasion.