Police arrest 30 in massive Israeli cocaine bust

September 12, 2016 17:05


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Police on Monday announced the conclusion of a year-long undercover anti-drug operation, which lead to the arrest of 30 people around Israel suspected of smuggling large amounts of cocaine.

Under the investigation termed “operation 5000,” police inserted a former major drug importer as an undercover agent into cocaine trafficking circles. According to police the suspects planned to separately important around 60 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated worth of NIS 24-30 million.

Police allege that the drug importers planned to ship the large cocaine stockpiles in the mail through Egypt, Jordan, Cyprus, Spain and Latvia. The suspected drug importers planned to smuggle the cocaine through double-walled suitcases and other means to mislead investigators, according to police.

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