Justice caught up with a drug trafficker and cash launderer who spent greater than six years on the run within the Center East, when he was jailed for 9 years this week, concluding a long-drawn investigation that included extradition from Israel.
Eitan Benzur, 65, who was beforehand based mostly in Maida Vale, London, fled to Israel after the Nationwide Crime Company (NCA) officers discovered greater than £400,000 (Dh20,76,888) in money at his flat and in financial institution security deposit packing containers. The British nationwide had been on bail following his arrest in February 2014 as a part of an NCA investigation into drug trafficking and cash laundering.
The NCA stated that officers additionally discovered a ledger within the flat which made reference to trafficking 8.5 tonnes of hashish with a price price in extra of £9 million (m) (Dh46.73m). On the day Benzur’s flat was raided, officers additionally seized £115,729 (Dh600, 842) in money from an tackle in St John’s Wooden, which was the house of his felony affiliate Clare O’Neill.
In February 2015, O’Neill, now aged 46, admitted to 2 cash laundering offences referring to money held for Benzur, and unexplained money totaling £83,867 (Dh4,35,480) that had been paid into her checking account. She additionally admitted to possessing a false id doc — a passport held for Benzur.
The NCA’s investigation confirmed that Benzur didn’t have any common employment and had not declared any earnings for 15 years previous to his arrest. He had additionally claimed state advantages totalling £127,991 (Dh6,64,550) between 2008 and 2014.
The NCA obtained an extradition warrant for Benzur’s arrest figuring out various offences, together with cash laundering, possession of a false id doc, supplying managed medication and fraudulently evading the prohibition on importation.
An extradition utility was lodged with Israel and, because of working carefully with the Israeli authorities, NCA officers tracked down Benzur to an tackle in Tel Aviv, Israel. He was arrested in December 2019 and returned to the UK (UK) on August 20, 2020.
He pleaded responsible to conspiracy to import class B medication and cash laundering at Bristol Crown Court docket on Tuesday (April 18) and has now been sentenced to 9 years imprisonment on the identical courtroom.
Tudor Thomas of NCA stated: “Benzur was integral to drug dealing price hundreds of thousands of kilos and the concealment of these illicit income. Money drives severe and organised crime, and this investigation has taken a whole bunch of hundreds of kilos out of the felony provide chain.”