Tax authority seizes record haul of drugs at Ben Gurion airport
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Tax authority seizes record haul of drugs at Ben Gurion airport

Canine unit helps to sniff out 38 international postal shipments of various narcotics in less than a day

Illustrative photo of drugs (Orel Cohen /Flash90)
Illustrative photo of drugs (Orel Cohen /Flash90)

Drug busters broke their own record Sunday when they seized 38 international postal shipments of drugs at Ben Gurion Airport in less than a day.

The shipments included cannabis seeds, cocaine, MDMA (ecstasy), methamphetamine, LSD, mescaline and other substances.

The customs authority said most of the shipments were sent from Holland, with the rest coming from Spain.

The customs authority is responsible for preventing the smuggling of drugs into Israel, which it does with the help of a special sniffer dog unit.

In March, dozens of suspected drug dealers were arrested at the conclusion of a year-long undercover operation in which a police agent pretended to be an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic Jew in order to get close to a Tel Aviv trafficking ring.

The agent operated for 12 months disguised as a Bratslav follower and clothes vendor near the central bus station in south Tel Aviv, winning the trust of local drug dealers, some of whom are members of known crime gangs, police said.

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