Palestinian freed in Schalit deal rearrested for drug smuggling

October 2, 2014 17:32


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The Yamar special unit of the police arrested a suspected drug smuggler in Septmeber who was freed as part of the 2011 prisoner release deal for captured IDF soldier Gilad Schalit.

A publication ban on the circumstances of the arrest was lifted on Thursday.

Police say that the suspect was seen in August crossing from Jordan into Israel. They suspected that he was smuggling drugs over the border and gave chase. During the pursuit, the suspect dropped his bag which contained 23 kilos of hashish.

Police said they identified the suspect from the material he left behind at the scene. After a number of days of investigation the suspect turned himself into the police. During interrogation the suspect said he ran from police because he thought settlers were chasing him.

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