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Israeli officer, civilians arrested over Hezbollah drug ties

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • IDF warrant officer, civilians in touch with Lebanese dealers to smuggle drugs
  • Arrests made after "intensive investigation" by Military Police Special Investigations Unit
  • IDF: Dealers connected to the Hezbollah terror organization
RELATED TOPICS
  • Israel
  • Hezbollah

Jerusalem (CNN) -- An Israeli warrant officer and a number of Israeli civilians have been arrested for suspected ties to Lebanese drug dealers connected to Hezbollah, the Israel Defense Forces said Wednesday.

An "intensive investigation" was carried out over the past few months by the Military Police Special Investigations Unit in cooperation with local Israeli police, the IDF said.

They suspected the IDF warrant officer and the civilians were in touch with Lebanese drug dealers in order to smuggle drugs over the border, the IDF said.

"According to the investigation, it is alleged that the warrant officer passed on military-security information to Lebanese drug dealers connected to the Hezbollah terror organization," the IDF said in a statement.

Other suspects were also arrested for passing on critical information to the same Lebanese sources, they said.

The Israeli civilians involved in the case will be indicted by Israel's Northern District Attorney in the coming days, while the warrant officer's case will be passed on to the IDF Military Advocate General's Unit, they said.