Yitzhak Abergil a top Israeli crime family boss was arrested along with dozens of other suspected mobsters in a major organized crime bust. Abergil has been charged with the 2003 assassination attempt on rival Isreal mob boss Zeev Rosenstein which led to death of three bystanders. Rosenstein was targeted in a bomb attack in the city of Tel Aviv but survived the blatant attack.
Abergil is also facing charges for his role in an international drug ring along with suspected involvement in the disappearance of former Israeli mob figure Micah Ben-Harush. The mobster was already in prison serving the last two years of a 8.5 year sentence on charges from a previous guilty plea. He and the other Isreal mafia figures were in court on Tuesday to attend remand hearings.
He was part of a drug indictment in the United States back in 2008 along with his brother Meir. They were charged with using a San Fernando Valley gang to distribute millions of dollars worth of the drug Ecstasy and paying gang members to commit murder. The pair were extradited back to the US where they served 3 years in a US prison before being shipped back home to serve out the remainder of the sentence.
In total over 50 suspected Israeli mobsters and associates were targeted in whats being called by Israeli authorities as one of the biggest assaults on organized crime to date. Being labeled as “Case 512” the investigation encompass’s crimes dating back over the last 12 years in a joint effort by Tel Aviv district police and Isreal police’s anti-fraud unit Lahav 433.