Jerusalem police arrested five men on Thursday morning who allegedly belong to the Yitzhak Abergil organized crime ring. The men are suspected of conspiring to commit a crime and possessing deadly weapons. According to the suspects, they were planning to take revenge on a Jerusalem resident, who is known to police for previous incidents, who owed the group money.
The suspects followed the advice of Abergil, who is currently incarcerated in the US, of hiding weapons in public buildings so as to deflect any suspicion from the group. Two days ago, police discovered a weapons cache, including guns and bullets, inside a storage room in an apartment building on Derech Hebron in Jerusalem. Parents of one of the suspects live in the building where the weapons were discovered.
Upon further searches of the suspects’ homes, police discovered ceramic bulletproof vests which had bullet holes and other signs of violence. Police suspect that the crime ring had planned to carry out a major attack in the near future.
The suspects will be remanded on Thursday afternoon in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court.
Yitzhak Abergil and his brother Meir, two of Israel’s most notorious crime bosses, were extradited to the US on January 13, 2011 to stand trial on charges that include ordering a murder, money-laundering, extortion and trading in Ecstasy.