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IDF Catches Arab Heroin Smuggler near Jordan

Israeli soldiers Sunday night foiled an attempt by an Arab from Jordan to smuggle nearly 100 pounds of cocaine and heroin into Israel.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 4/2/2012, 10:12 AM

Soldiers patrol Jordanian border
Soldiers patrol Jordanian border
Israel news photo: IDF spokesmen

Israeli soldiers Sunday night foiled an attempt by an Arab from Jordan to smuggle nearly 100 pounds of cocaine and heroin into Israel.

Drugs are one of the main sources of income for terrorists, but the IDF has not said whether the smuggler was a member of a terrorist organization.

Soldiers were on routine patrol at the Jordanian border when they identified the suspect. Trackers caught up with the man and found him with large sacks containing 45 kilograms – 99 pounds – of the drugs.

The IDF established the Arava Regional Brigade nearly two years ago along the 230-kilometer (140-mile)  border with Jordan, replacing Border Police soldiers in the region who were stationed there for the past three years.

The new brigade’s mission, besides stopping terrorists, was to catch dealers of heavy drugs, such as heroin, as well as stopping human trafficking.