Detectives attached to the Order Police in Springbok have arrested a 57-year-old illegal diamond dealers and recovered 254 pieces of the precious stone.
The Acting Provincial Commissioner of the South African Police Service in the Northern Cape, Major General Henriette de Waal, who spoke on the arrest said R32,450, was also recovered in cash.
He said: “ The Public Order Police received information yesterday, March 19, about illegal diamond dealing activities in Port Nolloth and the information was operationalised. A team of Police members, led by Sergeant Alistair Damon pounced on a house at Douglas Street in Port Nolloth last night and discovered illegal diamonds.
“ A total of 254 suspected diamonds were confiscated. The value of the diamonds is still to be determined. Police also confiscated R32,450.00 in cash, two diamond testers, two digital scales, one magnifying glass and one ring box that contained the diamonds. ”
Waal also commended operatives for the arrest, stating that the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (Hawks) will now take over investigation.