Unrest on Israel’s Borders Causes Spike in Cocaine, Heroin Prices
In Israel, a kilogram of pure cocaine is now valued at 800,000 NIS, the highest it has ever been, according to Israel’s Channel 2 News, and in some markets it is possible to find drug merchants selling the illegal substance at nearly 1 million NIS per kilo. Only six months ago the black market price was just half a million shekels.
The price of heroin per kilo began at 200,000 NIS and has now gone up to half a million.
For years, about fifteen big drug rings have smuggled marijuana, heroin, and cocaine through Israel’s borders with Jordan and Egypt totaling over ten billion NIS of trade per year, according to Channel 2. Smugglers from Egypt mainly deal with heroin and marijuana, and in Jordan and Syria – cocaine. The substance is produced in Iran, Afghanistan, and Turkey, packaged in Jordan and Syria, and from there smuggled into Israel. Police estimate that three tons of cocaine and heroin are smuggled from Jordan every year.
But in recent years, the amount of drugs smuggled into Israel has decreased, as the construction of the Egyptian border security fence has make it harder for smugglers to pass through the southwest border. Additionally, the IDF has increased patrols at the borders of Jordan and Syria in order to prevent the infiltration of Syrian refugees escaping the ongoing turmoil.
“Building a fence along the border with Egypt and the surge along the Jordanian border has caused severe shortages and hikes in prices,” said retired Chief Superintendent Meir Eliyahu.
Police have expressed concern that the shortage and increase in prices of heroin and cocaine may lead to a rise in crime.