Police car in Tel Aviv at night 311.
(photo credit: Yoni Cohen)
Police arrested 70 suspects Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, wrapping up a months-long
undercover operation that targeted drug and weapons
trafficking throughout the country. Among the suspects were convicts, a minor, three women and
known ranking members of criminal organizations.
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During the course of the undercover investigation, two agents - one
ex-con and one police officer - conducted drug and weapons deals
stretching from Eilat in the South to Nazareth in
the North. The operation began while the convict, a resident of one of
Israel's northern villages, was still in prison and continued after he
The two purchased machine guns, rifles, hand guns and
even explosives throughout the year. The purchases also involved dozens of kilograms of various types of
drugs, including heroin, cocaine, hashish and thousands of
Tuesday night, hundreds of police officers arrested the dozens of
suspects in a massive coordinated raid. In addition to weapons and drug trafficking, some of the suspects stand
accused of harming and making threats to the lives of police officers.
Police also seized vehicles, ATVs, jet skis, electricity generators,
real estate and froze bank accounts connected to the suspects.
The suspects will be brought to courts in Acre and Haifa for remand extension hearings throughout the day, police said.