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        1/28/2014, Shevat 27, 5774

      Ben Gurion: Port Drug K9 Unit Foils 2 Drug Smuggling Attempts

      The Tax Authority's anti-drug K9 unit managed to foil two drug smuggling attempts at Ben Gurion Airport yesterday (Monday).  Two packages arrived from two different destinations and addressed to parties in the north and central regions, respectively.

      One of the packages hailed from Holland, and contained 271 grams of 'magic mushrooms' (also known as 'psilocybin', which is a naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms, collectively known as psilocybin mushrooms), and is valued at approximately NIS 35,000.

      An additional package, originating in France, arrived containing a load of toffees, amongst which there were "hashish toffees", as well.

      The Tax Authority said it had seized close to 16 kilograms of the mushrooms in 2013, whereas in 2012 only a few individual grams were uncovered.