Police officers from the Southern District, together with IDF forces, foiled a massive arms smuggling attempt from the Jordanian border. The arms included 137 weapons, 250 cartridges, and many weapons parts, all estimated to be worth six million shekels.
The Jeep Land Cruiser and Toyota Corolla that were used by the smugglers were seized as well.
During the operation, the forces arrested a team of four smugglers, residents of the Negev, who attempted to cross the border. The operation follows a months-long undercover investigation into a network smuggling illegal arms from Jordan into Israel.
The unit operated in the Arava region on the Jordanian border near the village of Tzofar, carrying out stakeouts and surveillance utilizing various technological tools to foil arms smuggling attempts over the border.
During the operation, which took place last week, an intelligence indication came in, according to which the police forces acted, with the assistance of the Israel Police Aerial System, lookouts, and IDF forces on standby.
While on standby, the forces identified suspects who arrived in their vehicle near the border. The forces approached the suspects, who began to flee and were caught by the forces in the field.
At the end of the operation, the officers of the Magen unit dedicated the arms thwarting to a member of the unit, Sergeant Major Elik Pozinakov, who fell in battle in Re'im and was part of the operational preparations that led to the foiling of the smuggling attempt.