Israeli Crime Boss Among 33 People in Major Guns-and-drugs Bust

A year-long, country-wide undercover operation leads to arrests, including boss who heads underworld organization in north of country

Police in Jaffa (file)
Ilan Assayag

On Saturday, the Israel Police detained 33 people suspected of dealing in weapons and drugs. One of the detainees is said to be the boss of a known crime organization from the north of the country.

The suspects were brought to the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court to extend their detention.

They were detained after year-long, countrywide activity by an uncover agent among the criminals, according to police. As part of the transactions the agent purchased arms, including Carl Gustav rifles, an M-16 submachine gun and various types of pistols, as well as about half a kilogram of cocaine and 2.7 kilograms of marijuana.

The police also seized 200,000 shekels in cash, and vehicles that were allegedly used by the dealers in their transactions.

Suspects from around the country

The suspects come from various cities in the center and north, including Nahariya, Ramat Gan, Petah Tikva, Afula, Migdal Ha’emek, Umm al-Fahm and the Shibli-Umm al-Ghanem local council. Seven current prisoners are also suspected.

The police said, “Operating the agent is part of the fabric of activities of an ongoing and determined battle against the use, possession and sales of combat materiel and drugs.

“The connection between drug dealing and possession of illegal combat materiel directly affects the basic and personal security of the average citizen, and is therefore a target of uncompromising police activity,” the police said.