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Gaza police reveal ‘largest ever’ drug ring

Police revealed an 8-member drug ring who smuggled around 200,000 tramadol tablets

Palestinian police in Gaza yesterday revealed the largest drugs deal in the southern Gaza city of Rafah, MEMO has discovered.

Director of Anti-Drug Police Sameh Al-Sultan said in a press conference held in Gaza that the police revealed two shipments of drugs over three days. “They are the largest ever since the establishment of the anti-drugs police in Gaza,” he added.

He said police revealed an eight-member drug ring who smuggled around 200,000 tramadol tablets in 2,000 boxes. He noted that these drugs were brought into Gaza through its border with Egypt. The shipments were hidden in farmland in Rafah.

A further 4,000 tramadol tablets were found in the second shipment, in addition to arms and money which were stored in one of the drug dealers’ houses.

“Despite the shortage of our human resources and equipment,” Al-Sultan said, “we could achieve a lot of successes in our work. We detected and intercepted a large number of Gaza-bound smuggling attempts.”

Images by MEMO Photographer Mohammed Asad.

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