Israel, Monday, February 28, 2005
Former Israeli Minister
Smuggled 32,000 Ecstasy Pills
Minister Segev Admits Guilt In Plea
By Zvi Harel and Roni
energy minister Gonen Segev admitted Sunday
morning to charges of attempting to smuggle some
32,000 ecstasy pills from the Netherlands and
forging his diplomatic passport.
Segev, who had long refuted the accusations,
admitted to the charges as part of a plea bargain
under which he will get five years imprisonment and
a $27,500 fine which will be transferred to the
Israel Anti-Drug Authority.
Segev has been behind bars since his arrest in
the Ben Gurion International Airport in April 2004
over involvement in an alleged international
Ecstasy drug smuggling scheme that Israeli and
Dutch police said involved millions of shekels.
Segev and his two alleged accomplices, Moshe
Verner and Ariel Friedman, were charged
in May 2004 with plotting to smuggle drugs. Verner
committed suicide by hanging himself in his prison
cell last November .
Segev's attorneys tried to convince court that
he was unaware of the contents of the M&M candy
packets he had received from the Netherlands which
he was supposed to import to Israel.
During his trial, Segev was also charged with
attempting to fraudulently receive NIS 20,387 and
with credit card fraud, all under aggravated
circumstances. Police expressed Sunday their
satisfaction with the plea bargain.
dossier on The Mossad, Israel's Intelligence
Israeli minister Gonen Segev arrested for drug
smuggling | Segev
indicted for smuggling 30,000 'Ecstasy'
tablets | Former
Israeli minister Gonen Segev investigated also
for cheque (check) and credit card frauds |
minister Segev sentenced to one year's
Israel's links to the
global ecstasy trade ...
Ecstasy smuggling racket: three Israelis
at center of the international Ecstasy drug
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couriers ran drugs for major international ring,
money-laundering ring run by New York Hasidim
washed millions of dollars in cocaine proceeds
for the Colombian cartels
History, Drug rings, and Israel: Reports from
DEA field offices state young Israelis claiming
to be art students and had been attempting to
penetrate DEA offices
raid Michel Friedmanns house for cocaine.
Drogenrazzia beim Vizepräsidenten des
Zentralrates der Juden in Deutschland, Michel