According to Chareidim, a chareidi resident of Yerushalayim was taken into police custody by police over two weeks ago in Brazil. At the time of the arrest, he was in possession of a “large quantity” of drugs. Israeli authorities amassed the evidence, filing a request with Brazilian authorities to make the arrest.
The suspect has been identified as a 56-year-old male, married, with children. It appears the man has a police record, involving money laundering, and police have been monitoring him over recent years.
Chareidim adds that some family members confirm the details of the report while others state the arrest surrounds smuggling gold, not dealing in drugs.
In related sad news, Chareidim also reported about a month ago that a Betar Illit resident was apprehended in London with 7kg (15 lbs) of cocaine worth $1 million. Once again, the arrest was in response to an Israel Police request.
Chareidim further reports that Israel Police officials are signaling the arrests are the “tip of the iceberg”, indicating there are many more planned in what appears to be a an international drug ring, stating future arrests will be made in Israel and abroad. Police are not releasing details, but believe the cases in London and Brazil are indeed connected.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)