Israel Police successfully foiled an attempted smuggling of 45 liters of the GBL date-rape drug into Israel from Ben-Gurion Airport, police said on Sunday afternoon.
Officers from the Jaffa Central District station were alerted to the possibility of the smuggling after receiving a tip a few days prior.
The attempted smuggling was part of a larger, organized smuggling ring that implemented scheduled deliveries to smuggle the drug into Israel, police said.
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The Jaffa station officers, accompanied by detectives from the airport's Unit 747, apprehended the seven suspects, all residents of Central Israel, immediately after their aircraft landed in Lod.
In a search of the suspects' personal belongings, 44 bottles of the GBL drug were located and confiscated by security forces.
The suspects, five men and two women in their 20s, were taken into custody with their arrests prolonged by five days by a court as police continues a probe into the smuggling.
In May of last year, an Israeli in his 20s was arrested for flying in over 10 liters of the drug into Israel. In 2020, a random inspection at Ben-Gurion uncovered over 10 kg. of the drug in a 39-year-old Israeli's baggage.