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Posts Tagged ‘Marijuana’

37 Arrests in Wide-Ranging Sting Operation

Monday, November 21st, 2016

An Israeli sting operation involving hundreds of officers from the Lahav 433 crime unit ended Monday with 37 arrests, Israel Police announced.

“Operation 565” lasted for months, with undercover officers operating in the weapons trafficking and drug world, purchasing large amounts of drugs, arms and ammunition.

Arrests were made in Tel Aviv, Yafo (Jaffa), Netanya, Ramle, Acco (Akko), Pardes Hanna, Sakhnin and the southern Israeli Bedouin town of Lakiya.

During the raid on Monday, police seized nine weapons, 700 grams of cocaine and three kilograms of marijuana, police said.

The names of the officers involved in the bust were concealed under a gag order.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, an elderly man in a moshav was arrested after police found more than 100 kilograms of marijuana in his home and growing on his property.

The unidentified man, age 69, lives on a moshav near Jerusalem, and according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld, cultivated for sale more than 500 marijuana plants on his roof and yard.

“Police received intelligence and tracked the individual for several weeks, and when there was concrete evidence, we arrested the suspect. Altogether, we’re talking about a street value of NIS 3 million, which is obviously significant,” Rosenfeld said.

The suspect has been remanded into custody for five days by a Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. It’s not clear whether the man’s family is involved, and the investigation is continuing, according to police.

Hana Levi Julian

Huge Marijuana ‘Nursery’ Uncovered in Northern Negev

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Some 350 marijuana plants — approximately 80 kilos’ worth in net street value — were discovered in a massive operation by Southern District Police this weekend.

The “garden” was kept in a large, well-tended nursery in the hills of the northern Negev.

The 30-year-old owner of the nursery was taken into custody and transferred for questioning. He was arraigned in a Be’er Sheva courtroom on Monday. The investigation is continuing.

Hana Levi Julian

Exclusive: Jewish Drug Abuse/Overdose Prevention Program Warns About Deadly ‘K2’

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

A New York-based Jewish anti-drug abuse program is warning the synthetic marijuana known as K2 has become a deadly threat.

Dozens of people collapsed in Brooklyn Tuesday after ingesting a bad batch of K2 synthetic marijuana.

"K2" is synthetic marijuana.

“K2” is synthetic marijuana.

News stations across the United States reported the incident, which made national headlines since the use of K2 is rising in the country.

“K2 is an extremely dangerous drug,” Rabbi Yaacov Behrman told JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

The director of Operation Survival, a project of the Brooklyn-based National Committee for Furtherance of Jewish Education (NCFJE), Behrman said “K2” is a term used to refer to “any number of chemicals designed to mimic the effects of marijuana.

“But because there is no precise formulation, its effects are highly unpredictable,” he said. “The behavior resulting from K2 use can range from mild aggressiveness to extreme violence. Other effects can range from nausea to kidney failure and even death.”

The affected users who collapsed on Tuesday were all rushed to local emergency rooms; several were reported in critical condition.

“One of the reasons for K2’s surge in popularity is that it doesn’t show up in drug testing,” Behrman explained.

“Our project, Operation Survival, is working with community educators and impact activists to prevent a recurrence of Tuesday’s incident.

“It is our collective responsibility to see to it that our community members are safe from this frightening epidemic.”

The project is aimed at education and prevention of substance abuse and overdose in the Jewish community, as well as the community at large.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Busts Arab Arms & Drug Dealer in Jelazoun

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

Based on an intelligence tip, Israel Police joined IDF soldiers in an operation overnight to seize a major drug and arms cache of military materials being held by Palestinian Authority Arab suspects.

Drug haul containing large quantities of hashish and Nice Guy seized by IDF and Border Guard Police.

Drug haul containing large quantities of hashish and Nice Guy seized by IDF and Border Guard Police.

The troops enter the Samaria village of Jelazoun together with the IDF Binyamin Regional Brigade and seized the following:

1 M-16 assault rifle, with magazine 2 loaded Carl Gustav assault rifles 1 vest complete with M-16 cartridges M-16 weapons parts 1 gas pistol Hundreds of 9mm bullets Stolen vehicles 6 pallets of hashish 2 bags of Nice Guy synthetic marijuana, plus bags for dividing it into portions 1 bag of hundreds of 10-shekel coins 2 security safes with thousands of shekels

A Arab suspect from Jelazoun was arrested and transferred to security personnel for questioning at the Binyamin District Police station.

Terrorist organizations often use illicit drug sales to fund their operations. They also use some of the more sedative substances to aid operatives prior to a suicide attack mission and to quell a hostage during an abduction raid.

Hana Levi Julian

New Training Program Prepares Israeli Doctors to Prescribe Medical Cannabis

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

It will probably be a long time before Israelis see medical cannabis on the shelves of their pharmacies — if ever — but many of their doctors are likely to be trained and certified in prescribing the drug as a new medication within the next several weeks.

Two main objectives set by Health Minister Yaacov Litzman towards the goal of making the product more available to Israeli patients were reached on Thursday.

The sale of medical cannabis to pharmacies is going to become easier, and certification and permits for doctors to prescribe the product for their patients will also be eased.

In fact, the accreditation of doctors for prescribing the plant as a treatment is only weeks away, according to a report posted Thursday by Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

The Israel Medical Association is providing a two-day training program in cooperation with the Health Ministry to prepare doctors across a range of specialties for accreditation in the use of the drug as a treatment.

“Physicians who want to learn how to treat with cannabis will learn when to prescribe it and when not to,” Dr. Leonid Eidelman told the radio station.

The training will be led by teams from the Israel Medical Association and the medical cannabis unit at the Ministry of Health, headed by Dr. Michael Dor.

Hana Levi Julian

Hebron Police Destroys 3 Tons of Marijuana

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) The Palestinian Authority’s Hebron police officials on Monday morning set fire to about 3 tons of Marijuana valued at $50 million, seized in an operation over the past few months, Palestinian Authority media sources reported Tuesday.

Hebron governor Kamal Ahmed praised the efforts of his police force, and called for joint efforts against the “drug disease” which, according to Ahmed, is part of the Israeli occupation’s attempts to destabilize the Palestinian society.

Raid Dudin, who heads the PA’s Hebron Police Department drug fighting unit, said the marijuana that was destroyed was “30 times stronger” than regular marijuana, thanks to the efforts of “an Israeli scientist” who improved the species.

Dudin did not specify which method was used to determine the strength of the marijuana.

Israeli police have also detected a rise in the cultivation of marijuana in Judea and Samaria in recent years. Police investigators have uncovered a number of large marijuana production labs in those areas, as well as small labs used by residents for private consumption. The police attribute the increase to the shortages across the country.

JNi.Media

Medical Marijuana to be Available at Pharmacies

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Israelis soon will be able to take a doctor’s prescription for marijuana to the local pharmacy, Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman said Monday.

He noted that pharmacies issue prescriptions for other drugs that are considered narcotics and that procedures are well-supervised. A case in point is Ritalin. A person wanting to fill a prescription for the drug, which when ground up and sniffed can be extremely dangerous, has to wait at the counter until the pharmacist opens the safe.

“I will fight an aggressive war not to allow this to get out of control,” said Litzman, who in effect is the Health Minster, a title he does not accept because the Hareidi Yehadut Torah (United Torah Judaism) party does not want to be part of a “Zionist” Cabinet.

He said that making marijuana available at pharmacies awaits court approval concerning tenders for growers of “grass.”

Litzman said that there procedures overseeing prescriptions for marijuana will be issued either through law or administrative orders.

Health Ministry Prof. Boaz Lev added that officials will make it possible for more doctors to be able to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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