Following a protracted undercover investigation into organized crime, two early morning raids by police in the southern and central districts of Israel yielded five arrests after a sizable amount of heroin, cocaine, illegal weapons and over NIS 800,000 in cash were seized. 

The investigation and arrests on Wednesday are part of two-year-long investigation carried out by an elite national police unit dealing with drug and illegal weapons trafficking, said Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

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“This operation is another step in a focused and extensive undercover investigation over the last two years into organized crime using high level intelligence,” he said.

While few details of the cases have been released, Rosenfeld said four suspects were first arrested in an unidentified moshav in the southern district of the country after more than 10 grams of heroin and cocaine were seized, along with equipment used to weigh the drugs.

A short time later in Lod, he said officers from the same unit also seized cocaine, two M-16s, multiple illegal pistols and ammunition hidden on the roof of an Arab home, resulting in one arrest.  

“We continue to collect intelligence on organized crime and plan to make more arrests as investigations continue,” he said.

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