Friday, 14 March 2008

Israeli man jailed over $45m ecstasy haul

A Sydney court has sentenced an Israeli man to 21 years in jail for importing more than 100 kilograms of the drug ecstasy.

Forty-seven-year-old Benjamin Rosenfeld organised the shipment of drugs from the Israeli port of Haifa.

The powdered form of ecstasy, also known as MDMA, was found in tennis ball canisters and hidden inside a shipment of solar hot water tanks.

It had a street value of up to $45 million.

In sentencing today, District Court Judge Anthony Puckeridge said the seizure was well in excess of what was considered a commercial quantity.

Justice Puckeridge took into account the fact Rosenfeld has no family in Australia and no previous convictions.

He also recommended Rosenfeld be kept at his current jail, where he has been providing support for other Jewish prisoners.

Rosenfeld will be eligible for parole in 2020.

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