Fifteen people ranging in age from their twenties to their fifties were arrested, Sunday evening, on suspicion of belonging to a crime organization operating in southern Israel. They also face charges of money laundering, extortion, drug trafficking and conspiracy. Hearings for extension of their remand are scheduled, Monday, in the Ashkelon Magistrates Court.
The arrests followed an undercover operation lasting about half a year. Homes were raided in Asheklon, Eilat, Hadera, Rehovot and Tel Aviv. Police seized six vehicles, tens of thousands of shekels in cash, documents and other property. When it's no longer needed as evidence, it will be turned over to tax authorities.