Israeli Police Arrest Alleged Mafia Leader in Pushback Against Crime Wave

Bomb parts confiscated from local apartment during arrest of three of gang leader Ruchan's men.

Police have arrested Avi Ruchan, alleged head of a Sharon-area crime organization, along with four other members of his gang on suspicion of planning an assault on their rivals. The arrests mark a police pushback against the recent sharp upswing of mafia violence in and around Petah Tikva.