Israel stops record drug smuggling effort

July 8, 2007 at 12:50 PM
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JERUSALEM, July 8 (UPI) -- Israel stopped the largest drug shipment in its history, with authorities arresting three suspects tied to the smuggling operation.

The alleged ecstasy trafficking ring was discovered at Israel's Haifa Port nearly two months ago and recently authorities confiscated a shipment of the drug worth $23 million, reported Sunday.

Paired with the substantial drug seizure were two arrests by Israeli police and a third by authorities in France.

Israeli is attempting to have the third suspect extradited from France to face smuggling charges.

Using available intelligence, Israeli police found nearly 5 million ecstasy pills in a supposed furniture shipment at the port.

Included in the illegal shipment was a significant amount of a material that could be used to create more of the recreational drug, said.

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