Diamond in the rough: Man swallows $20K gem, Canada cops wait for him to expel it

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(CBS/AP) WINDSOR, Ontario - A man with expensive taste is being held at police headquarters in Canada's Ontario Province  while everyone waits for him to produce some hard evidence - a  $20,000 diamond he allegedly swallowed.

A case of a criminal with intestinal fortitude.

Police have waited nearly a week for 52-year-old Richard Mackenzie Matthews to pass the 1.7-carat stone through his system. Matthews is believed to have swallowed the diamond after switching it with a fake one at a Precision Jewellers in Ontario.

But that's not all - Sgt. Brett Corey told the AP on Thursday that an X-ray showed a pair of fake diamonds stuck inside Matthews, although it couldn't detect the real diamond because it is translucent. He said Matthews has made numerous attempts to rid himself of the stolen object, and is eager to see the ordeal pass.

Try the sparkling water, maybe?