Ze'ev Rosenstein, escorted by Israeli Police officers, on his way from Israel to trial in the USA
Tel Aviv, Israel
Zeev Rosenstein (Hebrew: זאב רוזנשטיין; born 1954) is an infamous Israeli mob boss and drug trafficker. Rosenstein was born to a Romanian Jewish father and a mountain Jewish mother in Yafo, Israel.
On 11 December 2003, a bomb aimed at Rosenstein killed three people and injured 18 others in Tel Aviv. The bombing led to a media outcry against the Israeli mob families, with newspapers comparing them with the Palestinians in terms of threat to the Israeli state. Ariel Sharon called an emergency cabinet meeting and the government announced an extra 500 million shekels ($100 million US) in the fight against organised crime. The bombing was the seventh attempt on the life of Rosenstein, who became known as the "wolf with seven lives" (Zeev meaning wolf in Hebrew), and was said to have been carried out by the Abergil Crime Family, which Rosenstein had been feuding with for several years.
In November 2004, after 700,000 ecstasy tablets were seized in a Manhattan apartment, he was charged with distributing Ecstasy in the United States in a joint effort of U.S. Department of Justice and Israeli Ministry of Justice.
After exhausting his legal options in Israel, a precedent-setting decision by the Supreme Court of Israel, Rosenstein was extradited to the U.S. on 6 March 2006, making him one of very few Israelis to ever be extradited for prosecution in another country.
Rosenstein pleaded not guilty in U.S. court to the distribution of ecstasy and was sentenced to 12 years in prison. According to the extradition treaty between Israel and the U.S., he would serve his U.S.-imposed sentence in an Israeli prison and be eligible for parole in five years and four months.
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