CBNNews.com - After nearly a year of undercover work, Israeli agents arrested some 50 drug dealers in southern Israel Monday night.
Sarit Philipson, spokeswoman for the Southern District police, said the two agents who directed the successful sting operations in Eilat, Dimona and Yeroham received medals of honor from Southern District police chief Cmdr. Uri Bar-Lev.
"These cities will be dry, to use the professional term," Philipson said. "They'll be free from drugs for a good while now," she said.
"The dealers came from all walks of life, including a single mother with a young baby, a criminology student and a "drug waitress."
Among the drugs confiscated were heroin, ecstasy, cocaine and marijuana.
Lior Malka, the lead female agent, accrued criminal evidence again 20 drug dealers, 15 of whom have been arrested.
Philipson said that Malka made an extraordinary personal sacrifice when she was transferred to Eilat, which meant leaving her sick mother in Beersheba.
"Malka was determined to see the operation through," Philipson said, "and now she'll receive her dream job with the Beersheba police Central Crime Unit."
Border policeman Yoni Hanukyav's 10-month sting operation uncovered 36 drug dealers, 32 of whom have been arrested.
"We know who the other four are, and they too will be arrested," Philipson told the press.
With so many of the dealers in custody, police hope interrogations will lead them to the big suppliers.
Source: The Jerusalem Post