IDF thwarts massive drug smuggling attempt worth millions

Forces along the Egyptian border were ready for an attempted drug smuggling when they spotted suspicious figures with over 100 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana.

 IDF manages to thwart a massive drug smuggling attempt along the Egyptian border (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
IDF manages to thwart a massive drug smuggling attempt along the Egyptian border
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Millions of shekels' worth of cocaine and marijuana were confiscated by IDF soldiers from the hands of Egyptian drug smugglers at Israel's border on Friday night.

Soldiers who were on guard at the Egyptian border found a number of suspects that were attempting to transfer approximately 120 kilograms of cocaine and marijuana into Israel in the Paran Regional Brigade area.

Forces carried out a suspicious arrest procedure, which involves yelling "Stop and identify yourself" and shooting one's weapon into the air. 

The procedure, if necessary, continues by shooting at the feet of the suspect or at the wheels of a vehicle, depending on their mode of transportation, but this step was apparently unnecessary in the bust.

Company commander in the Ram Battalion, Captain "A", said that they were prepared to carry out a drug bust on Friday night and had expected an attempted transfer at the border when they noticed the suspicious characters there. 

 IDF manages to thwart a massive drug smuggling attempt along Israel's border with Egypt, confiscating about 120 kilograms of drugs. (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT) IDF manages to thwart a massive drug smuggling attempt along Israel's border with Egypt, confiscating about 120 kilograms of drugs. (credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

A similar bust occurred just two weeks prior when IDF lookouts identified a number of suspects attempting to smuggle drugs across the Egyptian border.

The smugglers rushed the soldiers in a vehicle, forcing them to fire into the air and at the vehicle's wheels. One of the suspects sustained light injuries to his leg, requiring medical treatment.