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Israel uncovers Hezbollah-linked smuggling ring

Israeli police and the Shin Bet say they have exposed a network of Arab Israeli and Lebanese drug dealers with links to Hezbollah who planned to smuggle weapons into Israel.

During the course of interrogating the four men from northern Israel arrested in the case, the Shin Bet says it discovered their connection to George Nimar, a Hezbollah operative from the southern Lebanese town of Marjaayoun, who deals with communications and weapons transport for the organization. Nimar apparently planned to start smuggling weapons, in addition to the drugs, into Israel.

One of the suspects was arrested while in possession of an illegal weapon, and 12 other drug dealers were arrested over the course of the operation, according to police and the Shin Bet.

In August 2012, Israel arrested 14 Arab residents of Ghajar and Nazareth were arrested for smuggling 21 kg of explosives and planning to carry out terror attacks for Hezbollah.

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