One of the largest illegal online shopping networks has just been captured
A huge Israeli police operation with Cyber and Lahav 433 units (equivalent to GIGN) led to the arrest of all the most senior members of the network Telegrass. Its leaders are accused of leading a criminal organization and selling dozens of tons of cannabis and drugs and tens of millions of shekels.
Telegrass, which is used by the encrypted email application Telegram, generated estimated monthly revenues of 60 million NIS (Israeli shekel).
Israeli police arrested 42 suspects for drug trafficking via the Telegrass distribution network on Tuesday, putting an end to one of the largest drug sales operations in Israel.
The network was the subject of a month-long infiltration investigation by the Israeli police. Local authorities reported working with foreign law enforcement agencies, including the United States, Ukraine and Germany. Thus, some of those arrested were arrested abroad.
The arrests mainly concerned chiefs of the organization and other senior executives, such as the founder of the network, Amos Dov Silver - an Israeli-American who lived in the United States to escape Israeli prosecution; he was arrested in Ukraine. Arrests also took place in Germany and the United States.
Trap tended by police and social networks
Cannabis-Israel magazine reports for the first time that the reason for Silver's arrival in Ukraine, where he was arrested as mentioned above, is apparently a trap that the police handed him.
Silver was invited to Ukraine by an anonymous person who asked to be invited to a wedding on 11.3, and especially to be his witness during the festive event.
According to information received by the magazine, it appears that the client, acting on behalf of the police, also bought the US plane ticket to Ukraine.
"They made him come to Ukraine to participate in the marriage as a witness. He has a lot of fans, so he probably thought he was one of them and wanted to please him. "
The organization is made up of dozens of administrators of various senior ranks, thousands of dealers, and is estimated to have more than 100 000 members.
According to the police, those arrested are charged with offenses related to the management and financing, trade and supply of dangerous drugs as part of a criminal organization and other related offenses. Employees were paid either in cash, bitcoin, drugs or other means that could help hide the source, the police said.
The accused will be remanded in custody on Sunday in the Nazareth and Rishon Lezion Criminal Court. Police said it was seeking to prolong the detention of those arrested until the end of the investigation.
Telegrass sells not only marijuana, but also MDMA (ecstasy), LSD, cocaine and other illicit drugs.
The network includes tens of thousands of users.
According to police estimates, drugs worth hundreds of millions of shekels were sold as part of the organization's activities in Israel, for a total weight of several tens of tons.
"This is an international case involving the operation of a criminal organization in the infrastructure network in Israel and around the world, which runs a network of dangerous drug trafficking and other crimes," he said. reported the police.
These arrests took place one day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared to the Likud television that he would investigate the legalization, and the same day that Labor leader Avi Gabbay admitted in a radio interview that he himself had been smoking grass.
"I'm looking at the issue you raised," Netanyahu said when asked about cannabis. "I will answer you soon. It is possible that this will happen. "
Although recreational consumption is illegal in Israel, the previous government helped to ease the regulation of medical cannabis by passing a law to allow more cultivation and export.
Facebook admits: we helped expose Telegraph officials
According to the report, Facebook provided the police with personal information about the organization's director, Amos Silver, as well as other Telegrass leaders, including private messages, location, identity and personal information.
The transferred information includes not only social network data, but also the Facebook-owned Whatsapp messaging application.
A surprising revelation from journalist Dori Ben-Israel on the mizbala newspaper.
This was made possible, among other things, by a strange decision by Telegraph officials to communicate frequently with cartel leaders outside Telegram via the Whatsapp app, on secret Facebook profiles and groups.
This is a cooperation that has lasted for several months and involves several units on Facebook, including General Manager Adi Sofer-Thani, Facebook's security and intelligence unit headed by Nick Lubarian, a relatively new company that He has cyber intelligence and operates, among other things, from his offices in Dubai and San Francisco.