The smuggling of illicit drugs worth at least $600,000 was prevented overnight Friday when an 18-year-old resident of the village of Ghajar was caught throwing a packet of money over the Lebanese border fence and receiving a package containing drugs in return.

The package contained five kilograms of heroin and two grams of what was suspected to be cocaine.

The youth was arrested by Northern District police and was set to be remanded at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court on Saturday night.

The Alawite village of Ghajar is split between Lebanon and Israel, with the northern side falling under Lebanese jurisdiction and the southern side under Israeli jurisdiction.