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Brazil arrests Israeli suspected of heading major drug smuggling ring

Brazil arrests Israeli suspected of heading major drug smuggling ring

An Israeli drug dealer who leads a smuggling network was captured in Brazil after trying to escape extradition.

Dany Treyger, 32, was initially arrested last week in Bolivia and taken to Paraguay’s capital city, Asuncion. He was expelled from Paraguay and handed over to Israeli authorities, who were to escort him to the Jewish state on a flight via Brazil, the Paraguayan newspaper La Nacion reported.

Due to problems with the flight in Sao Paulo, Treyger was lodged at a hotel, from where he escaped on Sunday. He was rearrested on Wednesday.

Hadashot TV news quoted Israeli police saying Thursday that Treyger was on a flight to Israel.

Israel announced earlier this week that 37 suspects had been arrested for involvement in the drug smuggling network, the Israeli media reported.

Treyger, an Israeli citizen, intended to establish a base of operations between Paraguay and Bolivia, where women would be recruited to smuggle drugs to Israel, the ABC Color news website reported.