Wednesday, January 19, 2005

American Yeshiva students/drug dealers in Jerusalem: Elliot Kahan, Daniel Rubin, Matt Ballace and Moore Spencer (Ner Ya'acov and O.J. yeshivot)

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At 7:47 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1106104798643

Jan. 19, 2005
4 yeshiva students arrested for drugs
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS

Jerusalem police on Wednesday arrested four American yeshiva students, studying in the city, on suspicion of selling of drugs to dozens of American yeshiva students in the Jerusalem area over the last several months, police said.

The four 18-year-old suspects - Elliot Kahn, Daniel Rubin, Matt Balaf and Spenser Moore - were apprehended Tuesday by Jerusalem police following a month-long undercover police investigation, during which two officers repeatedly purchased drugs from the suspects.

All four of the suspects confessed to dealing in drugs, Jerusalem police spokesman Shmuel Ben-Ruby said.

The police investigation follows an amalgamation of intelligence information that dozens of American yeshiva students were dealing in drugs.

Two of the four suspects were remanded in custody by one and four days, while the other two were placed under house arrest and were to be released later Wednesday. Police said that more arrests are expected in the case as their investigation continues.

The arrests come just one day after a 19-year-old American studying at a yeshiva on the outskirts of Jerusalem was found dead as a result of an apparent drug overdose.

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What yeshiva were they studying in? Where are they from in the US? What high school did they go to? Likely, their drug habit began back then...

 
At 10:31 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1106104798643

Jan. 19, 2005
4 yeshiva students arrested for drugs
By ETGAR LEFKOVITS

Four American yeshiva students studying in Jerusalem were under arrest Wednesday on suspicion of selling drugs to dozens of American yeshiva students in the city over the last several months, police said.

The four 18-year-old suspects - Elliot Kahan, Daniel Rubin, Matt Ballace and Moore Spencer - were apprehended Tuesday by Jerusalem police following a two month long undercover police investigation, during which two police officers purchased marijuana from the suspects.

During their police interrogation, all four suspects confessed to dealing in drugs, police said.

The undercover police investigation follows an amalgamation of intelligence information that dozens of American yeshiva students studying in Jerusalem were dealing in drugs.

The four were placed under arrest Tuesday after one of the suspects went beyond the parameters of selling drugs to his English-speaking friends and classmates, and sold marijuana to an Israeli undercover cop, a police representative told a Jerusalem court during a remand hearing Wednesday.

The suspect later confessed to police investigators that he would sell the drugs to American yeshiva students both inside the confines of the Jerusalem yeshivas they studied at - Ner Ya'acov and O.J. - as well as elsewhere in the city.

The police representative told the court that the marijuana in question was an especially lethal type, which was infrequently found in Israel. Its street price, NIS 100-120 for just one gram, was twenty five times the price of the local variety, the police representative said.

None of the suspects arrested in the case had previous police records in Israel.

The public attorney representing Kahn, Eli Cohen, told the court that his client, who arrived in Israel in September, had been using drugs for the past year and a half dating back to when he was in the US.

Appealing for his client's release from custody, the attorney told the Jerusalem Magistrate's court judge that Kahn came from a respected family, noting that his father donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Israel every year.

"Anyone who contributes to the State of Israel should be blessed, but this has nothing to do with the remand of your client!" deputy court president Judge Shulamit Dotan said, cutting him off. Earlier, the judge had admonished the prosecution for detailing the price of the drugs, asking her why she was providing a
"consumer price listing" during a standard police remand request.

At a later point in the afternoon hearing, a different public attorney representing another suspect, Matt Ballace, noted that the suspect's brother, who was in court, was serving in the IDF, and could post bail as an alternative to detention if the court so requested.

"With the NIS 480 he receives [as monthly salary from the IDF]?" the judge interjected, quipping that the soldier's whole salary would only pay for several doses of the drug his brother was allegedly selling.

In the end, two of the four suspects were remanded in custody Wednesday by one and five days respectively, while the other two were placed under house arrest for the next week, and were ordered released on NIS 65,000 bail.

Police, who had originally asked the court to remand all four suspects for up to a week, plan to appeal the release of one of the two suspects freed on bail on Thursday, leaving him in detention overnight.

A fifth suspect arrested Tuesday was released by police.

None of the suspects would talk to the press in the court, and, shielded by friends and family members, covered their faces with their coats when outside the courtroom.

Police said that more arrests are expected in the case as their investigation continues.

The arrests come just one day after a 19-year-old American studying at a yeshiva on the outskirts of Jerusalem, Erik Nathan Fogel, was found dead as a result of an apparent drug overdose.

Police said that the two cases were not connected.

A social worker who works with English-speakers involved in drugs, Caryn Green, who was in the Jerusalem courtroom on Wednesday said that there are hundreds of cases of foreign yeshiva students dealing with drugs while studying in Israel.

"A lot of the kids that come here had problems with drugs in America and Canada, and they bring these problems here with them," she said.

 
At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

American Yeshiva students selling drugs? I am not shocked. After spending a year in Israel myself I was amazed at the amount of drug and alcohol use by 18 year olds in Israel. While I am not totally innocent and partook in the alcohol while I was in Israel the drug use is what really scared me. I had friends coming back from "town" on every drug you can imagine. And I spent many nights making sure one friend did not do anything harmful to himsefl after taking speed, heroin and cocaine. American students need to take accountability for their actions which today they do not. Also, parents sending kids to Israel with drug problems and hoping that Torah will straighten them out needs to stop. The freedom found in Israel tends to exacerbate the problem as we saw last week in the tragic death of one yeshiva student. WAKE UP AMERICAN JEWS, drugs are a huge probelm in our communities and this needs to be addressed head on. Start by drug education early on in high school or middle school. We are not immune to the problems of the "outside world," and we need to take notice and do something.

 

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