police car 58.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
An undercover police agent operating across the Central region over the past
year gathered incriminating evidence against 54 suspected arms and drug dealers,
police announced on Monday.
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The suspects were arrested in early morning
raids, marking the end of an undercover police operation dubbed “Cedar of
The agent bought illegal goods in Lod, Petah Tikva, Kafr Kasim
and Jaljulya, procuring heroin, hashish, marijuana and Ecstasy, as well as
automatic rifles and handguns.
Two bombs were purchased from a minor in
Lod, police said.
“The agent’s work uncovered a criminal connection
between regular narcotics supply and the procurement of drugs,” police
Twenty-seven alleged arms dealers were based in Lod, which has
experienced a wave of homicides in recent days within the Arab
Speaking to officers in Petah Tikva before the raids,
Cmdr. Bentzi Sao, head of the police’s Central District, addressed
demands that the force stem the tide of violence in Lod: “We are not in a
reality TV show or a movie. This can’t be done in an instant. Continue onwards
in what you are doing,” he said.
The undercover agent was presented with
an award during the meeting in Petah Tikva, where his relatives first learned of
his true activities over the past 12 months.