At the crack of dawn on Wednesday, over 400 police officers raided the homes of suspected weapons and stolen property-holders in the Negev.
This was one of the biggest campaigns known to the Southern Police District.
The raid occurred in a number of Bedouin towns and in the surrounding area. Throughout the campaign, five stolen vehicles, NIS 300,000 ($82,000) in cash, six guns, two rifles, 420 purportedly stolen gas balloons and IDF
bullet-proof vests were discovered.
Moreover, 17 suspects were arrested, 38 people considered as "wanted for inquiry" for various offenses were located, 26 illegal aliens were arrested and 118 traffic tickets were given.
Chief Yoram Halevi (L) (Photo: Southern District Spokesman)
Southern Police District Chief Commander Yoram Halevi
decided to carry out a number of large-scale campaigns in the south in order to contend with the crimes affecting the lives of the residents in these areas.
Halevi said that "police officers will be visible in all alleyways and dark corners."
Confiscated ammunition (Photo: Southern District Spokesman)
The raid (Photo: Southern District Spokesman)
A Ynet team accompanied one of the units during the campaign led by Chief Inspector Avi Vaknin who said, "the crime in this area has a direct effect on almost all parts of the country.
We receive phone calls from all of the country's units regarding bands of offenders from our district, wanted for inquiry, who carried out crimes from breaking and entering to drug-related crimes, and who have fleeing to here…"
Dog trainer Shai Malul's dog, Chico, also joined in on the raid. The eight-year-old canine has led to the discovery of dozens of kilograms of hashish, heroine and weaponry.