One of the suspects, a resident of Kfar Chabad, is suspected of orchestrating the deal. The two messengers, Yeshiva dropouts, residents of Bnei Brak, were arrested at the Ben Gurion Airport after authorities found 10 and a half kilogram of pure cocaine in their suitcases.
Police were tipped off a few weeks ago that the two Bnei Brak residents, both in their 20s, were sent to Brazil to pick up the drugs. The two were arrested by undercover cops immediately upon their return. Neither of the suspects were dressed in ultra-Orthodox garb.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Thursday that the two former seminary students, aged 21 and 20, were stopped at Israel’s international airport overnight.
He says police officers found about 22 pounds (10 kilograms) of cocaine in their luggage.
Rosenfeld says police had been tracking the two men for some time. He says Israeli police informed their Brazilian counterparts ahead of time to help identify the pair’s suppliers.
Police say the cocaine was headed to the Israeli market. Israeli police estimate its street value at around $1 million.
Video below at the court Credit: Kikar.net
Tel Aviv police showing the suitcases.