Postal clerk, two others held for cocaine smuggling
A Tel Aviv post office clerk and her husband were detained Monday night, along with another individual, on suspicion of importing three kgs of cocaine from Peru to Israel, and their custody was extended by seven days.
Ten days ago, German customs authorities discovered the package, en route from Peru, containing the drugs, which were hidden among dozens of children's toys.
The German officials noticed that the package was destined for Israel, and notified their Israeli counterparts. Israeli customs authorities transferred the package to the Israel Police's Tel Aviv District narcotics unit, which later returned it to customs.
The package was allowed to reach its destination at the Hayarkon post office, and on Sunday, say police, it was picked up by Shaul Dudlazek, 37, of Kfar Harutzim, at the window of postal clerk Marina Dollinger, 45, of Bat Yam.
Detectives from Tel Aviv police's elite unit for handling organized crime followed Dudlazek to a gas station in Ra'anana, where he met with Dollinger's husband Ron and allegedly handed him the package.
The detectives, who had been documenting the exchange on camera from a concealed location, arrested both men and brought them in for questioning.
"We suspect that this trio, who were assisted by the fact that the woman is a post office employee, were involved in importing cocaine from Peru to Israel. We're now checking whether this was an isolated incident or there were similar attempts in the past, and whether other individuals were involved in importing the drugs," Chief Superintendent Yedidia Sabagh, the head of Tel Aviv police's anti-drug unit, told Haaretz.
On Monday, the three suspects had their remands extend by seven days.