Egypt-Israel border (illustrative)
Egypt-Israel border (illustrative) Yaniv Nadav/FLASH90

IDF troops on Friday night thwarted a drug smuggling attempt worth 2,000,000 NIS ($649,450.60) along the Egyptian border.

Overnight, IDF observation troops spotted a number of suspects attempting to smuggle drugs from Egypt into Israeli territory.

IDF troops operating to thwart the smuggling attempt confiscated approximately 100 kilograms (220 lbs) of drugs.

The drugs were then transferred to the Israeli Police for further processing.

In November, IDF troops began searching for a suspect who had been spotted near Metula in northern Israel. The suspect escaped, but the IDF confiscated 41 bags containing drugs and a package of ammunition, all together worth hundreds of thousands of shekels, which the suspect had abandoned at the scene.