Israeli troops seize NIS 4 million of hashish near Egypt border

IDF says some 100 kilograms of drug confiscated by soldiers after lookouts spotted vehicle suspected of involvement in smuggling

A picture released by the Israel Defense Forces on August 20, 2022, shows some 100 kilograms of hashish that troops seized near the southern border with Jordan. (Israel Defense Forces)
A picture released by the Israel Defense Forces on August 20, 2022, shows some 100 kilograms of hashish that troops seized near the southern border with Jordan. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli troops seized NIS 4 million worth of hashish in a drug bust near the Egyptian border, the military announced Saturday.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, military lookouts spotted a vehicle in the southern Yoav Regional Brigade that was suspected of attempting to smuggle drugs.

IDF troops and Border Police operating in the area later found bags containing some 100 kilograms of hashish, a haul the military estimated was worth NIS 4 million (over $1.2 million).

The IDF announced the arrest of a suspect later Saturday, after scouring the area.

Both the suspect and the drugs were handed over to police as part of the investigation.

The military has made several other drug seizures along Israel’s borders in recent months, including the July confiscation of some $2.5 million worth of cocaine and hashish that was smuggled into the country from Egypt.

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