Police arrested 27 men on Sunday morning on suspicion of arms and drug dealing, in raids in several towns and cities in the North. More than 200 Israel Police officers, as well as Border Police, volunteer police and bomb squad officers participated in the operation, the district said. The suspects include 19 men from Afula, as well as a number from Tiberias, Beit She’an and a few Arab villages. The men are suspected of dealing in methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin and hashish, as well as illegal firearms.
Police said the case was built by an undercover agent who earned the dealers’ trust, and recorded himself making drugs and arms purchases over the span of a year. Northern District head Asst.-Ch. Roni Atia said the operation was the latest example of the district’s “determined struggle against drugs and arms dealers,” and that it would continue such efforts to increase deterrence against local criminals.