Additional details surrounding a story reported on YWN last week, of a young Chareidi man in Israel arrested at Ben Gurion airport after police discovered he was transporting cocaine into the country.
A daughter of MK Menachem Eliezer Moses, Heidy, tells Kan News that she has no doubt that Baruch Klein, the 22-year-old grandson of MK Moses, is covering up for someone “as that is his nature,” indicating that he alone would never be involved in such an act and he is clearly unwilling to speak.
The young Klein was tapped by customs agents for a bag check when he appeared suspicious. A customs supervisor explained this has nothing to do with being Chareidi or not, but about their keen instinct and realizing something was suspicious about this arriving passenger.
Customs agents found millions worth of cocaine in a double-walled suitcase as well as in bottles that appeared to contain wine, but in fact, contained liquid cocaine. He was arrested and arraigned and remanded for an additional 13 days as the investigation continues.
Attorney Talya Gridish explains the drug dealers often use young men and women from the chareidi tzibur without criminal records to smuggle in their cargo. She explains in recent years, this has become increasingly common. At times they are aware of what they are carrying, while some are simply that naïve, unaware of just what they are doing.
One young chareidi woman, identified as ‘G’, explains that someone she knew offered her a free trip to Europe including a shopping spree – with all expenses paid. “I thought he wanted to take me on a romantic trip. When we arrived in Amsterdam he told me ‘let’s change your suitcase which is so bulky. Use this one, which is far more valuable’. We got back to Israel and in the terminal, he switched suitcases and told me he would get my other suitcase back to me at a convenient time.”
That man was apprehended in Ben-Gurion a month later and the entire scheme unfolded as his suitcase was full of drugs. This led police to ‘G’, who was informed she is a suspect in drug smuggling and conspiracy. “I then realized I became a victim,” G explains to the media.
Customs shift supervisor Yoram Aaroni explains to the media that in the past two years there has been an alarming increase in attempted drug smuggling at the airport, citing cocaine, ecstasy and other dangerous drugs.
Heidi arrived at the courthouse to attend the remand hearing for her nephew on Thursday, 18 Iyar. She expressed her concern, questioning who will protect him and make sure he remains well.
Judge Guy Avnon explained there was sufficient evidence tying the suspect to the crimes he stands accused of as he was carrying a commercial quantity of cocaine. Police are doubtful regarding Baruch’s insistence that he was unaware there was cocaine in the wall of the suitcase, but Heidy, his aunt, remains confident of his innocence.
The Kan News report adds that no one representing the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita was present for the remand hearing, seemingly distancing themselves from 22-year-old Baruch despite the fact MK Moses is the Rebbe’s shaliach in Knesset.
After the Rebbe announced he is indeed behind Baruch, the entire family and Askonim are now working and preparing for the next court hearing.
Heidy is well-aware of the severity of the case, pointing out “He would sit in prison for ten to fifteen years without a good attorney”.
While this report is a continuation of a story addressing charges against one suspect, it is a reality that involves too many people from good Chareidi homes, and readers are advised to take it to heart and not naively say “It cannot happen in my family”.
Enormous sums of money, time and resources are being used today to assist the growing number who have fallen prey to drugs in one way or another, while insufficient funds, awareness, tolerance and understanding are at times major contributory factors for so many good young people losing sight of an acceptable Derech in today’s world which is no longer black and white, but often many shades of grey.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)