Customs officials stopped one of the largest drug-trafficking attempts in recent
years last week, seizing some 320 kg. of hashish stashed inside a trailer truck
entering Israel by way of the Nitzana crossing, police released for publication
The smugglers hid the hashish inside of crates full of
charcoal, and wrapped the bricks in charcoal paper in an effort to throw off the
Nonetheless, it was picked up by inspectors manning
the X-ray machine at the crossing, who then began pulling out dozens of bricks
of the contraband.
After police pulled the truck aside, they traced the
delivery to a destination in Beit Jala, where West Bank police arrested one
suspect, and eventually a total of 10 suspects were arrested, including ones
from Ras el- Amud, Daburiya and Beersheba.
Four of the suspects were
brought for a remand extension on Monday, at which point police lifted the gag
order on the case.
Police estimated the street value of the narcotic at
as much as NIS 25 million.
However, with the street price in Tel Aviv for
a 10 gr. “finger” hovering around NIS 400, the police estimation appears
to be exaggerated.
Also on Monday, Eilat police announced a separate raid
in which they seized what they referred to as a “large amount of hashish” that
was smuggled across the Egyptian border into Israel.
In other smuggling
news, police and postal officials seized 1.285 kg. of Indian “Jaras” hashish
sent in a darbuka drum to a man in Ramat Gan, and the National Crime Unit, Lahav
433 announced the arrest of two Rishon Lezion men in possession of 1,800 fake