IDF announces seizing NIS 50 million worth of drugs smuggled across Egyptian border

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Heroin, cocaine and hashish seized during a smuggling attempt on the Egypt border, February 5, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Heroin, cocaine and hashish seized during a smuggling attempt on the Egypt border, February 5, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli forces foiled an attempt to smuggle NIS 50 million ($14 million) worth of drugs into Israel from Egypt earlier this month, the military and police say.

According to the Israel Defense Forces and Israel Police, on February 5, soldiers operating surveillance cameras spotted a suspected drug courier driving an all-terrain vehicle close to the southern part of the border fence with Egypt.

Troops and officers dispatched the scene chased the man, who crashed the ATV near the Ramon crater cliffs.

The suspected courier, a Bedouin Israeli man from the Negev desert in his 30s, was detained by the forces, who found 120 kilograms of drugs in the ATV.

The drugs include 92 kilograms of heroin and cocaine, and 28 kilograms of hashish, police say, calling the bust “unprecedented.”

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