Israeli Extradited To US To Face Drug, Money Laundering Charges

BOSTON — An Israeli national has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of drug trafficking and international money laundering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Jalal Altarabeen was indicted on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, international money laundering and aiding and betting.

Prosecutors allege that Altarabeen knowingly conspired with others from October 2015 to April 2016 to possess and distribute at least 5 kilograms of cocaine in Boston, Colombia and Poland.

Altarabeen is also accused of laundering more than $801,000 from Turkey to Boston in several money wiring transactions in February 2016.

The grand jury also found that Altarabeen should forfeit any property involved in the illegal activities, including about $1 million in cash seized in April 2016.

Altarabeen was extradited from Poland and is scheduled to appear in Boston federal court on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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