December 17, 1996 in Nation/World

22,000 Ecstasy Pills Carried Into Israel

Compiled From Wire Services

Israeli detectives discovered 22,000 ecstasy pills inside an electric organ carried by a passenger at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

The passenger - Donashvili Rafael, an Israeli who lives in Belgium - was detained Friday on suspicion of drug trafficking, Asst. Commander David Mansour said Monday.

The drugs had a street value of more than $3.5 million.

Mansour said Rafael admitted coming to Israel 13 times and bringing in more than 200,000 pills.

Police believe Rafael is just a courier, chosen because he had no previous criminal record.

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