Over 150 police and Border Patrol officers raided over a dozen houses in Migdal Ha’emek and Nazareth on Sunday morning, as part of a large-scale operation against drug dealers operating in the two cities, Northern District police said.
The drugs seized in the raids included methamphetamines, heroin, cocaine, and hashish.
Altogether 16 suspects were arrested in the raids, all of them between the ages of 18 to 50, and all of them from the two cities.
Police said the raids came after they spent months operating an undercover cop in both cities, making buys and gathering evidence against the suspects.
In recent months there have been a series of such raids by police across Israel. In each case, police say an undercover agent was brought in from a different district and spent months gathering evidence, posing as a drug user or small time dealer. In each case police have made a large number of arrests, but almost all of the suspects are small level street dealers at most.