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Three Israelis accused in NY of Ecstasy smuggle
Reuters ^

Posted on 10/09/2002 4:34:44 PM PDT by RCW2001

NEW YORK, Oct 9 (Reuters) - Three Israeli nationals were arrested and accused of trying to smuggle $42 million worth of hallucinogenic Ecstasy pills to the United States from Belgium, the largest such drug seizure ever in Europe, U.S. authorities said on Wednesday.

The three men tried to smuggle 1.4 million pills inside diamond polishing tables bound for New York by ship from Antwerp, according to a statement from the office of Roslynn Mauskopf, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

Tipped off by witnesses who saw two of the men stuffing the pills into three tables inside an Antwerp warehouse in August, authorities allowed the tables to be delivered -- without the pills -- to New York where they were put under surveillance.

The three men were arrested on Tuesday as they were retrieving the tables and trying to deliver the drugs to a buyer, the statement said.

The case marks the largest Ecstasy seizure in Europe and the third largest such seizure in the United States, with a wholesale value of about $14 million and a retail value of about $42 million, officials said.

Arrested were Nachshow Sinvanni, who allegedly wanted to buy 900,000 of the pills for distribution; and Ofir Lebar and Ofir Weizman, who were spotted packing the tables with drugs in Belgium, officials said. All three men live in Israel, authorities said.

They each were charged with conspiring to import MDMA, the technical name for Ecstasy and, if convicted, face a possible prison sentence of 20 years and a $1 million fine. ((New York newsdesk, 646 223 6280))


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel
KEYWORDS: israel; jews; wodlist; zionism
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To: Rocksalt
these projected benefits should be carefully weighed against potential problems.

False. Unless these potential problems are violations of rights---which they are not---they are none of government's business.

151 posted on 12/05/2002 6:05:11 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: MrLeRoy
Regardless of what you say I think the US goverment has an interest in protecting citizens.If people can do their drugs,behave themselves in their own home-great.Obviously some people have their doubts about the reality of that,or it would have been obvious a legal drug plan would work smoothly and the WOD would have already ceased.I think the US constitution is the best basis for our laws-isn't interpretation of it based on factors such as how the interpretation in each case will impact citizens and others? Rights are weighed against impacts?
152 posted on 12/05/2002 5:12:09 PM PST by Rocksalt
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To: Rocksalt
I think the US constitution is the best basis for our laws-isn't interpretation of it based on factors such as how the interpretation in each case will impact citizens and others? Rights are weighed against impacts?

Only in the post-FDR era, when the courts have no respect for the plain language of the Constitution. No true conservative can support that.

153 posted on 12/09/2002 7:51:38 AM PST by MrLeRoy
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To: MrLeRoy
No majority has the ethical authority to tell any adult what he can put in his own body.

Which is it? Ethics or constitution? Feds or states rights? Libertarians bounce all over on these issues.

154 posted on 03/07/2003 12:30:04 PM PST by cinFLA
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To: cinFLA
Libertarians bounce all over on these issues.

No, libertarians address both Constitutional and ethical issues; the text you quoted addresses an ethical issue.

(By the way, I'm flattered by your attentions---and pleased that you're keeping WOD threads, even old ones like this, bumped to the top.)

155 posted on 03/07/2003 12:40:15 PM PST by MrLeRoy ("That government is best which governs least.")
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