An indictment was filed against a 47-year-old chareidi man, a resident of Meah Shearim, on Monday morning (5 Tishrei). The defendant stands accused of smuggling cocaine into the country.
The man flew from Israel to Peru where he allegedly received the drugs which were packaged in nylon wrapping. He swallowed bags of the drug as well. The remainder was placed in a suitcase. He left Lima for Amsterdam and from there headed home. He was stopped by drug inspectors in Ben-Gurion International Airport, and a search revealed 25 packages of cocaine, 250 grams. Three additional packages were found in his stomach, amounting to 730 grams.
He told authorities that he was only a courier, paid NIS 5,000 for his efforts. Authorities report the street value of his cargo is about NIS 1.5 million. Police are working to track down others involved in the drug smuggling operation.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)