Police arrested 27 men on Sunday morning on suspicion of arms and drug dealing,
in raids in several towns and cities in the North. More than 200 Israel Police
officers, as well as Border Police, volunteer police and bomb squad officers
participated in the operation, the district said. The suspects include 19 men
from Afula, as well as a number from Tiberias, Beit She’an and a few Arab
villages. The men are suspected of dealing in methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin
and hashish, as well as illegal firearms.
Police said the case was built
by an undercover agent who earned the dealers’ trust, and recorded himself
making drugs and arms purchases over the span of a year. Northern District head
Asst.-Ch. Roni Atia said the operation was the latest example of the district’s
“determined struggle against drugs and arms dealers,” and that it would continue
such efforts to increase deterrence against local criminals.