Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
For years sand mining has been a major source of income for organized crime figures.
Though it may sound counterintuitive to steal and sell sand in a desert region like the Middle East, sand mining is big business.
In February of last year, police arrested 20 suspects in a separate sand mining operation run out of the Yavne dunes along the coastline south of Tel Aviv. Those men also sold the sand to contractors for use in making cement and other building purposes…