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Senior Police Officer: "There are 3 criminal organizations operating in the sector" Israel today

2022-01-25T11:22:21.941Z

As part of the activities of the National Unit for Combating Economic Crime, six suspects from the village of Ibelin were arrested for extortion and collection of sponsorship fees in the Arab sector • Dror Asraf, Deputy Chief of Staff:



Six suspects were arrested today (Tuesday) for extortion and collection of sponsorship fees, offenses under the Anti-Money Laundering Law and receiving anything fraudulently in the Arab sector, as part of the activities of the National Unit for Combating Economic Crime (YALK) at Blade 433 'The Safe Route'.

As part of the struggle, in recent months an undercover investigation has been conducted at Bialk together with the Central Income Tax Investigations Assessing Officer, on suspicion of serious offenses of extortion by threats and receiving anything fraudulently in the field of sanitation (garbage removal).

6 suspects for extortion and collection of sponsorship fees, Photo: Police spokeswoman

According to the suspicion, criminal elements related to a crime family allegedly approached the winners of the tender for the evacuation and burial of garbage in the Ibelin area and sent them a threatening message that they would be harmed if they did not comply with the extortion demand to pay them hundreds of thousands of shekels.

In the intensive investigation, it emerged that the winners of the tender below the blackmailers, feared for their lives and the lives of their workers in the landfill and were forced to close the landfill factory, when they pay the blackmailers hundreds of thousands of shekels through checks.

According to the suspicion, the hundreds of thousands of shekels that were extorted were whitewashed by the extortionist in the change that he allegedly cooperated with.

3 vehicles were confiscated, Photo: Police Spokeswoman

This morning, with the transition to an open investigation, dozens of police officers from Lahav 433 raided the homes of the suspects in the village of Ibelin, and conducted searches and arrests of six suspects.

During the searches of their homes and the change, sums of cash, three vehicles and other finds were seized.

As part of the investigation, they will be brought for a hearing to extend their detention in the Magistrate's Court on suspicion of: extortion, receiving anything fraudulently, offenses under the Anti-Money Laundering Law and offenses under the Income Tax Ordinance.

"We have removed 98 perpetrators of crime from the Arab street"

"We have removed from the Arab street 98 major perpetrators of crime in 3 criminal organizations operating in the sector."

This is what Deputy Chief of Staff Dror Asraf, who is leading the operation, says: "A safe route for eradicating crime on the Arab street. According to him, the police have so far managed to hit 109 targets in criminal organizations, 65 of them already with indictments.

Dror Asraf.

Chief of Staff and Deputy Head of the Intelligence Division, Photo: Police Spokeswoman

At the beginning of Operation Safe Track, a total of 462 criminal targets were defined after intelligence work as the most influential factors in crime in Arab society.

According to Asraf, the police managed to reach 264 of them and indictments were filed against 98.

During the operation in the last three months, about 217 weapons, 42 grenades, 32 pistols, 11 Airsoft pistols, 20 rifles, 11 Carlo, 15 fireworks, 3 shells and 6 explosives and one weapon manufacturing laboratory have been seized so far.

"We identify a very significant perceptual change," Asraf noted, adding that "it also depends on the number of indictments that are filed and the number of arrests until the end of the proceedings that will be for those who are defined as targets in the criminal organizations."

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Source: israelhayom

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