Police overnight Monday arrested 18 Israelis on charges of transporting illicit substances – including bombs and other items that could be used in terror attacks. Police began an investigation into the ring last month, and on Monday night dispatched teams to pick up suspects, who were located in several cities throughout Israel.
Among those arrested were an IDF soldier and a college student. The student’s dorm room was a center of the activity, used to buy and sell illicit items, including drugs, weapons, bombs, and other items. Among the customers were criminal gangs, but police have not ruled out the possibility that a terror group may have made use of the gang’s services.
Among the sources for the weapons, police said, were groups in Chevron and Kafr Kassem who sold the gang machine guns, rifles, and other items. The weapons pickups were handled by an Israeli resident of Sderot, “who used a baby carriage to smuggle the items and move them to new locations.”
The 18 are to be indicted on a series of charges, including weapons trafficking, conspiracy, smuggling and other charges.