5 indicted in Shin Bet bust of South, W. Bank weapons ring

Shooting range owner found selling ammunition illegally.

By
December 17, 2017 18:42
1 minute read.
5 indicted in Shin Bet bust of South, W. Bank weapons ring

Bullets [file]. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The Southern District Attorney’s Office on Sunday filed indictments against five men in the Beersheba District Court for dealing illegal weapons in the South and the West Bank.

The ring was busted by the combined efforts of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) and the police and has been under gag order, with only some of the details being released on Sunday.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Focusing on 40-year-old Arad resident Marcelo Birindorf who ran a shooting range in the town, including for the Israeli police, they uncovered his illegal sales of around 160,000 bullets as well as sales of pistols and a Karl Gustav rifle, said a police statement.

From the second half of 2014 until November 21 this year, the Arad man allegedly sold the weapons to two men who then sold to others, including Palestinians in Ramallah and Hebron.

His modus operandi was to misreport the number of bullets used at the shooting range and then to illegally sell the extra unused bullets for around NIS 320,000.

He also bought additional bullets which he then illegally resold.

The police and the Shin Bet warned that such illegal sales could lead to weapons coming into “the hands of hostile forces.”



The investigation led to the seizure of several weapons and over 20,000 9 mm. bullets.

The state requested that all of the defendants be held in police custody until the end of their trial.

Related Content

Stacks of Israeli shekel notes [Illustrative]
August 16, 2018
Food for thought

By DUDU LEVY REICH