Most of them were hiding in the mountains near the Chiadzwa Diamond Fields.
What is astonishing about this report is the number of miners rounded up. The Chiadzwa Diamond Fields was supposed to be have been secured, first by the military and then by the private security companies.
But now police have reported that 716 miners were arrested most were men, but there were 16 juveniles among the group.
The police claimed that influential businessmen have been organising the legal activity and supplying the miners with explosives.
Residents of nearby Mutiara said dealers are back in town, booked into local lodges and living the high life.