IDF thwarts drug smuggling attempt on Israel-Jordan border

During routine activity along the border, IDF (Zahal) trackers capture suspect  carrying large quantities of Heroin and Cocaine. Suspect transferred to Israel Police custody

Date: 01/04/2012, 11:41 PM     Author: Florit Shoihet

A short while ago, IDF (Zahal) soldiers performing routine activity along the Israel-Jordan border identified a suspect who had crossed into Israel. IDF (Zahal) trackers pursued the suspect, who was caught with sacks containing 45 kg of Heroin and Cocaine.

The suspect was transferred to the custody of security forces and the sacks were transferred to the Israel Police.

The IDF (Zahal) will continue to operate against anyone that poses a threat to the security of the State of Israel and its residents.

During June (2011) IDF (Zahal) established the Arava Regional Brigade. The Brigade is stationed at Israel’s 230 kilometer border with Jordan, replacing Border Police soldiers in the region who were stationed there for the past three years.

The Arava Regional Brigade within a remarkably short time of approximately six months. Millions of NIS were invested in the growing brigade. The main challenges the Central Command was facing at the eastern border were smuggling and dealing of ‘heavy’ drugs such as Heroin, unlike at the western border. The smugglings were difficult to detect. Attempts to smuggle people into Israeli territory have been reported as well.