Elderly Israeli man, female Brazilian accomplice indicted on cocaine trafficking charges

By
November 25, 2015 19:56
1 minute read.
Gavel

Gavel [Illustrative]. (photo credit: INIMAGE)

 
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

An elderly Israeli man and a Brazilian woman who allegedly conspired to ship millions of shekels of cocaine into Israel were indicted on charges of drug trafficking and conspiracy on Wednesday in Lod.

The case went public early this month, when the Brazilian woman, Nascimento Alencar, was arrested after arriving from Sao Paolo at Ben-Gurion airport with 19 kilograms of Cocaine in two suitcases. Alencar tried to pose as a Christian pilgrim visiting the Holy Land, but the large amount of Cocaine in her luggage was quickly spotted in customs.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Detectives then had Alencar text her accomplice on WhatsApp, telling him that she had arrived and that he needed to come pick up the Cocaine.

The indictment describes how the day after landing in Tel Aviv Alencar met her accomplice, 69-year-old Shmuel Faigar at a hotel in Tiberias, where she handed him a suitcase filled with the drugs. Faigar then walked outside to a waiting taxi, and was ambushed by detectives.

Prosecutors say the odd couple was brought together for the trafficking conspiracy by Faigar’s son, named as Yaniv Bronstein, an Israeli citizen living in Bolivia. According to the indictment, back in September Alencar traveled to Bolivia to meet with Bronstein, and offered to traffic Cocaine to Israel, in exchange for fifty thousand Brazilian Reals ($13,265 USD).

Faigar and his attorneys have denied that he knew what was in the suitcase, and have claimed that he was told by his son to pick up a package for him from a woman in Tiberias. Police have denied the claim saying that the WhatsApp messages sent between he and Alencar prove that he was very clear what he was picking up.

They also said that when he came to make the pick-up, he was carrying three cellphones and a spare SIM card.

JPOST VIDEOS THAT MIGHT INTEREST YOU:


Central District Prosecutor Iris Fikel Segel described the shipment as “a massive amount of drugs imported into Israel which had the potential to cause great harm if they were distributed to the public.”

She added that the conspiracy was planned out for months down to the smallest details with co-conspirators in multiple countries, showing a high level of sophistication.

Segel also issued a request for both defendants to be kept in custody for the entirety of the legal proceedings against them.

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

October 16, 2018
Balad to boycott Knesset due to Nation-State Law

By GIL HOFFMAN