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Tel Aviv bus driver suspected of drug dealing

Undercover policewoman reveals Kavim bus driver’s narcotic sales. Company says in response, ‘Incident does not reflect nature, character of other drivers’

Raanan Ben-Zur
Published: 08.18.08, 14:16 / Israel News

A driver from the Kavim bus company was apparently not satisfied with simply selling bus tickets. With the help of an undercover cop, the police revealed that the man was an alleged drug dealer in motion who also sold dangerous and forbidden substances.

 

Investigation into this case started as a result of intelligence which reached the Tel Aviv District Police. Following the information received, the police began examining the situation by means of a young undercover policewoman who began taking the bus driven by the suspicious driver in central Tel Aviv.

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Substantial evidence was indeed evident. The driver sold hashish and ecstasy to the covert policewoman on four different occasions.

 

It became clear during the investigation that the driver hid the drugs in his drivers’ bag and each time a “customer” would get on, he would open the bag, supply the drugs and collect the money.

 

In light of the evidence gathered throughout the policewoman’s activities, a decision was made to search the driver’s home. There, additional hashish and ecstasy were found and thousands of shekels of purported profits received from the drug sales.

 

The driver was arrested after a few investigative operations and the police said that he admitted to committing the crimes attributed to him during his interrogation.

 

The suspect will be brought before the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court where the police will request to extend his remand for further interrogation.

 

The Kavim bus company has stated that “the company sees this incident as especially aberrant and severe and it does not reflect the nature and character of the rest of the company’s drivers.

 

“The driver was immediately removed from his position and we will fully cooperate with the Israel Police as much as required.”

 

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