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IDF, police seize millions of shekels worth of marijuana on Egypt border

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

Drugs seized during a smuggling attempt on the Egypt border, on June 27, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Drugs seized during a smuggling attempt on the Egypt border, on June 27, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Security forces foil an attempt to smuggle drugs into Israel from Egypt this morning, the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli Police say.

According to the IDF, soldiers monitoring surveillance cameras spotted suspects approaching the border from Egypt overnight and dispatched troops to the scene.

Several of the suspects were detained by security forces, and three packages of drugs that were hidden nearby were found, the army says.

Some 80 kilograms (176 pounds) of marijuana, estimated to be worth NIS 3 million ($867,000), were seized, the IDF and police say.

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