Colombia extradites Israeli for drug and human trafficking

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Colombia extradites Israeli for drug and human trafficking

Binyamin Cohen, 35, is returned to Israel where he faces drug trafficking charges over his role in an international crime organisation

Binyamin Cohen being detained by authorities 

Credit: Columbia Police on Twitter (@PoliciaAntiNar)
Binyamin Cohen being detained by authorities Credit: Columbia Police on Twitter (@PoliciaAntiNar)

 An Israeli citizen accused of belonging to an international crime organisation was captured and extradited from Colombia.

Binyamin Cohen, 35, was extradited on Sunday and will face trial in

Israel on drug trafficking charges. He had been arrested in Medellin, Colombia’s second largest city, on crimes including arms trafficking, car robbery, home burglary, human trafficking and smuggling cocaine from the South American country to the Jewish state, the local news website El Caracol reported.

In 2013, Cohen was sentenced to 392 days in prison for attempted homicide but he reportedly did not serve the term.

In November, another Israeli was expelled from Colombia accused of running illegal sex tourism. Assi Ben-Mosh, 43, allegedly led a network that offered trips with drugs and underage prostitutes. He is banned from returning to Colombia for 10 years.

Colombia is home to some 3,500 Jews in a population of about 49 million.

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