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Police uncover $600,000 of drugs in northern raid

September 1, 2012 11:24

18-year-old resident of Ghajar arrested with heroin, cocaine; suspect to be brought for remand hearing in Nazareth.


Heroin 370. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons)

Police in the northern district uncovered $600,000 worth of drugs in a northern town near Ghajar while arresting an 18-year-old they suspect of running a smuggling operation.

The arrest was the result of "methodical work and a successful undercover investigation by northern police, who foiled the dispersal of large amounts of drugs into the state of Israel," said Asst.-Ch. Rony Atia, commander of the police's Northern District. "We will continue to work tirelessly and using all means at our disposal."

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Police discovered five kilograms of a drug they suspect is heroin and another two kilograms of a drug they suspect is cocaine.

The suspect, a resident of Ghajar - half of which is in Israel and the other half in Lebanon, was set to be brought to the Nazareth Magistrate's Court for a remand hearing.

Earlier this week, police in the northern district seized a package of raw amphetamines they said was to be used to make over a million shekels worth of ecstasy and the kiosk drug hagigat (made from khat, orcatha edulis leaves).

Last month, the Shin Bet arrested eight residents of Nazareth and Ghajar on suspicion that they helped Hezbollah smuggle 20 kilograms of high-grade explosives into Israel. Drug dealers on both sides of Israel's northern border were involved in the smuggling attempt.
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