War on Crime: Israeli Police Cleaning Up the Underworld
Police have arrested major crime bosses of a drug smuggling cell on top of recent arrests that are part of a massive effort to sweep out organized crime. Law enforcement officials announced that the two-year “Operation North Star,” coordinated with international law authorities, culminated with the arrests of bosses of three major crime families.
The investigation spread to
The drugs were hidden in speakers of stereo systems imported by the crime family’s import business. One of those arrested was Amir Mulner, head of an alleged crime family, and his deputy Adul Karajeh.
“The long arm of the
The big catch was the extradition three years ago of Zev Rosenstein, who is serving an American sentence of 12 years in an Israeli prison. Police revealed that a criminal who turned state’s witness in this week’s arrests revealed that Rosenstein ordered a triple murder in Tiberias in 2001.
Another dramatic move in the attempt to clean up the underworld was this summer’s arrest of crime figure Shalom Damroni. The discovery of his private bank led police to the conclusion that has begun to see the light at the end of the underworld tunnel. Last month, he was sentenced to 10 months in prison for an attack on an underworld hit man.
Last year, police arrested alleged crime boss Itzik Abergil and his brother Meir, who are wanted by the
Today (Thursday), the government indicted Russian-born billionaire Arcadi Gaydamak on charges of money laundering through Bank HaPoalim.