Dozens of packages containing tens of kilograms of what is believed to be narcotics washed up on Israeli shores from Tel Aviv to Nahariya on Saturday, according to the Israel Police.
Bomb disposal units alerted to the locations where the suspicious packages were found determined that they did not contain explosives, following which they were transferred to police forensic labs for further analysis.
The suspected narcotics washed up on beaches in, among other places, Haifa, Zichron Ya’akov and Hadera.
Israeli media reported that a dinghy containing another 40 packages of the substance was found abandoned off the Tel Aviv coast.
Israeli security forces regularly thwart attempts to smuggle drugs and weapons into the country.
Last month, the IDF apprehended a suspect near the Hasbani River close to the border with Lebanon and seized 30 kilograms of narcotics, with an estimated street value of around $225,400, as well as two handguns.