Police swooped on 24 Tel Aviv apartments and arrested 17 alleged drug dealers in one night last week, reports Yediot Tel Aviv. The raid came after nine months of work in which an undercover policeman "befriended" the alleged dealers and accompanied them to the nightclubs where they sold the drugs. During this time, he acquired four kilograms of hashish, 115 grams of cocaine and bottles containing 550 drops of LSD.
According to the report, police have been working on setting up the raids since the beginning of this year. One young policeman, known only by the Hebrew letter "Mem," went undercover, spending every night at nightclubs in Tel Aviv and Jaffa, becoming a trusted "friend" to suspected drug dealers and buying commercial quantities of drugs from them while secretly reporting back to his colleagues. During this time, he told his family he was working as a nighttime security guard. Eventually, police conducted a concerted series of raids and arrested 17 alleged dealers.
Later, "Mem" said the quantities of drugs consumed by revelers at the nightclubs were "unbelievable." He said cocaine could be purchased for NIS 250 per gram, and people were constantly sniffing it in the bathrooms and sometimes even at the bar. And many women seemed to like the hallucinogenic LSD, paying NIS 80 to have one drop dripped into their open mouths, "like filling up at a gas station"
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