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Man Arrested At Airport With Fake Diamond

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To customs agents at the Frankfurt Airport in Germany, the large pink gem looked like a valuable 'blood diamond" worth millions of dollars. They arrested the businessman who was carrying it out of Angola. But when experts examined the uncut rock, they found it was no diamond in the rough. Rather, a crystal worth a few dollars.

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

To customs agents at the Frankfurt Airport, the large, pink gem looked like a very valuable blood diamond, worth nearly three-and-a-half million dollars. They arrested the businessman who was carrying it out of Angola. But when experts examined the uncut rock, they found it was no diamond in the rough, rather, a crystal worth a few dollars. No one was more shocked than the would-be smuggler, though the upside was he was freed.

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