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Police arrested Congolese in Lunda Norte with 390 suspected diamond stones

The national police arrested a citizen of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRCongo), in the province of Lunda Norte, who had in his possession 390 alleged diamond stones.

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According to the spokesman for the Lunda Norte provincial command of the National Police, chief inspector José Malundo Caianda, the man, who was in an illegal migration situation, was found with 390 supposed diamond stones.

José Malundo Caianda said that the individual, 47 years old, was approached on the public road by the police, in the Bala-Bala district, municipality of Cuango, as a result of a complaint and "arduous" criminal investigation work.

"In his intervention, the author was questioned by the forces of order, at the police containment post, where subjected to a thorough search a paper was found in his pockets containing the stones already referenced and 89,500 kwanzas," said the official, in statements to Angolan public radio.

In 2018, the government launched Operation Transparency, to combat illegal immigration and the exploitation and illicit trafficking of diamonds, having led to the "voluntary" repatriation, according to the Angolan authorities, of 455,022 foreigners without proper documentation, mostly from DRCongo.