Israel Police Arrest 50 in Mass Crackdown on Organized Crime Rings

Cleared for publication: Police's anti-fraud unit raids scores of homes, tackling what they called 'world-wide' organized crime operation.

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Scene of a fatal shooting in southern Tel Aviv on July 14, 2010Credit: Motti Milrod
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Israel Police have arrested scores of suspects as part of a massive crackdown on what they described as a "world-wide" organized crime operation, it was revealed Monday afternoon after a partial gag order was lifted.

At the end of what was described as a prolonged investigation by the police's anti-fraud unit, Lahav 443, and the police's international department, some 50 people were arrested and dozens of homes were raided in connection to alleged links to organized crime in Israel and abroad.

According to the police, those arrested are linked to suspected cases of gangland murders, drugs sales and violence.

The investigation – called 'Case 512' – also saw the police seize cars, properties and bank accounts allegedly linked to organized crime.

Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino called the case "one of the largest and most significant investigations that Israel Police has ever led against organized crime," in remarks to the Israel Bar Association conference now being held in Eilat.

According to the police, some of the suspects will be brought before a Rishon Letzion magistrate's judge Tuesday for a remand hearing.

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