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Dozens of police raided a number of homes and arrested 45 people on suspicion of burglary, drug trafficking, and weapons possession in the Tel Aviv District on Wednesday.
Over the past few months police inserted into the Tel Aviv District an undercover agent, who according to police gathered evidence to incriminate the 45 suspects.
Fifteen of those arrested are suspected of conducting hundreds of burglaries. “These were criminals who acted with great sophistication and carried out hundreds of acts of burglary,” the Tel Aviv District Police said in a statement.
In addition, 30 suspects were arrested for allegedly drug trafficking cocaine, MDMA, hashish, and ecstasy and weapons trafficking.
The arrests come as the final step in the the “My Home, My Fortress,” campaign which has led to the arrest of 46 suspected burglars in the past few weeks. Police have requested that 12 of the 46 suspects be detained until completing their criminal proceedings.
At a ceremony on Sunday congratulating the officers who worked on the operation, Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Roni Alsheich said, “In recent months we have seen sophisticated actions that have brought the arrest of hundreds of actors in criminal networks throughout Israel,” Alsheich said in a statement, later adding, “Many citizens in Israel will sleep with confidence and conduct their business as usual without fear thanks to this this extensive activity.”
Tel Aviv District Commander Moshe Edri thanked unit for their work and stated and stated that crime of home burglary “Is one of the worst. Beyond the fact that this is an offense defined as a property offense, it is an offense that harms the basic and most personal security of the normative citizen when the criminals enter his home. We, as a police force, can not and will not accept this attack and will fight it with all our might.”