A grandson of United Torah Judaism MK Menachem Eliezer Mozes was arrested at Ben Gurion International Airport several days ago, after a large amount of cocaine was discovered in his luggage.
Baruch Klein is one of Mozes’s more than 100 grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was divorced before he reached the age of 22, the Kan public broadcaster reported Sunday, saying he was expected to become engaged in the near future.
Three days before a family celebration, Klein flew in from Brussels. Customs officials pulled him over after noticing something on the x-ray of his suitcase that required further scrutiny.
They found 5.5 kilogram (some 12 pounds) of cocaine double-wrapped in foil, and another four bottles that appeared to contain wine, but in fact were filled with another six kilograms of liquid cocaine.
Klein’s aunt Heidi Mozes told Kan that there was absolutely no chance that he would have brought drugs to Israel. “There was absolutely no chance he knew about it,” she said. “Look me in the eyes — there is no chance.”
She claimed he must have been used as a mule to unwittingly bring the drugs into Israel for someone else.
“Eleven kilograms of drugs. Do you know what that means,” she said, “10-15 years in jail.”
The court, however, saw things differently, saying that “there was a reasonable suspicion, or even greater, connecting the suspect directly to the crime of which he is accused.”
Attempts to smuggle drugs into Israel through Ben Gurion airport are a daily occurrence. On average, customs officials catch five smugglers.