Five Indicted in Plot to Smuggle Cocaine to Israel From Ecuador

Two defendants became involved after answering a want ad offering jobs abroad, they were then allegedly sent to Ecuador to smuggle 888 grams of cocaine.

A Tel Aviv court on Monday indicted five people, including a 25-year-old English teacher and a minor, accused of smuggling cocaine to Israel from Ecuador.

The indictment alleges that Liran Kolosh, currently incarcerated in an Israeli prison, took out advertisements in two newspapers listing job opportunities abroad. Two other individuals named in the indictment allegedly answered the ad and were told by Kolosh that the job involved trafficking illegal prescription medicine to Israel.

One of the two volunteered to carry the cocaine, estimated to be slightly less than a kilo, on her body for payment of $5000. The minor allegedly volunteered to escort her back to Israel through the smuggling process for $2000.

According to the indictment, the underage defendant transferred airline ticket money to the woman planning on carrying the drugs on her body. A day later, she was given a phone card with which to contact the man to whom she was to give the cocaine upon returning to Israel.

The two then allegedly flew to Quito, Ecuador, where the elder defendant is believed to have bought 888 grams of cocaine for $2,500. The indictment reads that the two then retired to a hotel in the city where the minor, who at this point realized the contraband they were smuggling was narcotics and not medicine, helped the other defendant hide the cocaine on her body as she had been instructed by Kolosh.

The two then flew to Israel where they were immediately arrested by police upon arrival. Police gave the minor a dummy kilo of cocaine to make the planned rendezvous with alleged middle man Ayad Abu Kishk in a Holon mall. The underage defendant gave Abu Kishk the fake cocaine and was given a payment of NIS 200. Police then swooped in and arrested Kishk on charges of drug trafficking.

Prosecutors have requested an extension of the defendants' remand until the beginning of their trial.`