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Archive for Monday, April 13, 2009

On frontier, drug officers wage quiet war

April 13, 2009

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— Filmed with a night-vision camera just before Israeli narcotics officers pounced from nearby bushes, the video shows a Lebanese courier lobbing half-kilo packages of heroin over the border fence into Israel and an Israeli courier throwing back packages of $100 bills.

Israeli soldiers and Hezbollah guerrillas have been battling for years along the Israel-Lebanon frontier. But a quieter war goes on here every night, one between narcotics teams and the smugglers who have turned this jumpy border into the main conduit for heroin bound for Israeli drug markets.

Police here believe the trade, worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, is controlled in large part by Hezbollah, and call it “narco-terrorism.”

Israeli police say Hezbollah, the dominant power in the towns and villages of south Lebanon, takes a cut of the trade and uses the money to fund operations and recruit agents inside Israel, one of them an Israeli army colonel now in jail for trading secrets for drugs and cash.

Comments

madmike 5 years ago

Prospector, you would legalize heroin? Just exactly how stupid are you?

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prospector 5 years ago

"Police here believe the trade, worth hundreds of millions of dollars a year, is controlled in large part by Hezbollah, and call it “narco-terrorism.”"

It should read, "is controlled wholly by the war on drugs".

US pharmaceutical companies can make the $20 hit for a quarter. Pharmaceutical clean and safer(Yes, the stuff will still kill, so most, by the junkie knowing the concentrations and lack of poisons , deaths will be prevented). Throw sacks of quarters instead of $100 bills back at them and see how far that gets them. A win in two wars.

I am not a user of narcotics but watching forty plus years and over 31 million arrests including millions of good, hard working US citizens, and their families thrown under the bus sickens me.

BAD Dog McGruff, NO,NO

You are helping the terrorists win, stupid!

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