Suspected Israeli crime lord pleads guilty in LA

AP News

5/7/2012 8:18:48 PM - AP News
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A suspected Israeli crime lord has pleaded guilty to being part of a racketeering enterprise that distributed Ecstasy and whose members killed a man for stealing a large drug shipment.Defense attorney Mark Werksman said his client, Itzhak Abergil, entered his plea Monday in a Los Angeles federal courtroom. As part of a plea agreement, Werksman said Abergail will serve a 10-year sentence. Sentencing is set for May 21.Abergil and his brother were arrested in 2008 in Israel after they were named in an indictment that alleged murder and international drug trafficking.Prosecutors believe Abergil was one of the largest importers of narcotics into the United States. They say his family worked with another drug syndicate, the Jerusalem Network, as well as a Los Angeles gang to traffic Ecstasy.