(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [illustrative])
An undercover agent purchased hundreds of Ecstasy pills and portions of cocaine
from the Abutbul crime family in Netanya, police said on Wednesday.
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Abutbul, who is already under arrest for allegedly trying to buy a bomb last
night – a suspicion he denies – sold the drugs to the undercover agent, police
Abutbul, 26, is the son of alleged underworld kingpin Charlie
Police believe the Abutbul family has been locked in a prolonged
power struggle over Netanya with underworld rival Rico Shirazi.
attorney, Roee Atias, said he was disturbed that police waited until now to
unveil its latest suspicions.
Speaking during a remand hearing for
Abutbul held at the Rishon Lezion Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, Atias said
“time would tell” if the police’s decision to introduce new suspicions weeks
after Abutbul’s initial arrest would stand up to scrutiny.
Abutbul was also charged last month with attempting to sell Ecstasy
The court extended the custody of Abutbul and an associate by a
On Monday, state prosecutors charged Abutbul and five associates
with attempting to buy a bomb for NIS 8,000 and selling Ecstasy.
said officers raided a meeting held to sell the explosives.
attorney said his client had been the intended victim of the device, rather than