A grandson of a chareidi Member of Knesset was arrested after he was found with a large quantity of cocaine when he landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport. Police requested to extend his remand for no less than 13 days, but the court only partially granted the request and extended his detention by six days.
It was about two hours before the last Shabbos. The suspect took off from Belgium with a temporary stopover in Prague, then landing at Ben-Gurion Airport. From the details reported by BeChadrei Chareidim, the customs inspectors in the passenger hall suspected that something was wrong, and in the subsequent examination they conducted, they located the drugs.
The suspect in custody is in his 20s, and he was found with over 11 kilograms of cocaine. They even found a few grams of the drug in the suspect’s tefilin bag.
While police tried to question him, the young suspect preferred to remain silent, stating he is not willing to say anything during Shabbos.
The suspect’s attorney insists “he has no connection to drugs”, explaining that while he does appear guilty on the surface, in fact, he fell prey to others. He added immediately after being arraigned, his client cooperated with police, adding he had no idea he was carrying drugs. Police report that he was carrying quite a bit of cocaine, with a street value of 5 million shekels.
A Lod court has complied with a request from the defense, placing a gag order on the suspect’s name until the next hearing on Thursday, 18 Iyar.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)