2 Arab Israeli men arrested in possession of 15 pistols, dozens of ammunition magazines, 36 kilos of drugs, all believed to have been brought into Israel from Lebanon
Israeli security forces on Wednesday arrested an Arab Israeli father and son suspected of smuggling a large amount of hashish and firearms into Israel from Lebanon, potentially on behalf of the Hezbollah terrorist organization, the military said.
The suspects were found in possession of 15 handguns, dozens of ammunition magazines and some 36 kilograms (80 pounds) of hashish, a processed form of marijuana. In total, the Israel Defense Forces said the contraband was worth roughly NIS 2 million ($616,000).
“The IDF is investigating — among other things — whether the smuggling attempt was done with assistance from the Hezbollah terror group,” the military said.
According to police, the two suspects were a father and son from the Arab town of Jadeidi-Makr in northern Israel.
The military said the smuggling attempt was spotted on Wednesday morning by a soldier operating a surveillance camera along the border, who called a police unit to arrest a man walking away from the frontier.
The officers arrested the 24-year-old man, who was carrying bags containing the guns and hashish. Additional officers searched the area and found the man’s father waiting in a car nearby.