Foreigner held in case involving 8 kilos of cocaine

Anti-drug police detained an Israeli Friday night. He is accused of having cocaine and a firearm in his Mercedes Benz. The arrest was the culmination of an investigation, said police.

The Israeli national is 41 years old and has the last name Abergel, police report. He was apprehended in Belén near the Real Cariari shopping center. Agents say he had in his possession more than eight kilograms of cocaine, a 9mm pistol with 17 bullets and more than $5,500 in cash.

Police agents reportedly seized the cash and drugs as well as the car the man was driving. A person convicted of international drug trafficking can face up to 20 years in jail, according to a Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública press release. The suspect was arrested by the Policía de Control de Drogas, a drug law enforcement branch of the ministry.

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