During a raid of a residence in an upscale Johannesburg suburb, where South African authorities claimed to have also discovered guns, cocaine, and a van outfitted for torture, a guy believed to be one of Israel’s most wanted gang leaders was detained.
According to a statement released by the South African police colonel Athlenda Mathe on Thursday, the Israeli, 46, is a member of the Abergil gang that engages in drug trafficking and extortion and is wanted in Israel for several attempted killings.
According to Mathe, the suspect has been wanted by Interpol since 2015 and has been hiding in South Africa for many years.
According to the statement, seven additional people were detained during the raid.
Authorities claimed that the house was enclosed by walls that were 4 meters (13 feet) high. Nineteen guns, including five assault rifles and seven pistols, six motorbikes, three of which were reported stolen, a signal jammer, four drones with cameras, and eight motor vehicles were among the things seized.
According to the police statement, one of the cars was a delivery truck modified for use by a sniper and featured thick sound insulation and a chair bolted to the floor intended to be used for torturing people.
Special police forces and Interpol South Africa led the raid.
The suspect is sought after by Israeli authorities for occurrences that occurred in 2003 and 2004.
He has been charged twice for inflicting explosive bombs in Israel beneath a man’s car.
Five people were seriously hurt in the initial blast, but they all made it out alive.