Reputed Israeli crime boss pleads guilty in racketeering case
A reputed organized crime figure from Israel pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in Los Angeles to narcotics and racketeering charges, authorities said.
Itzhak Abergil, 43, was charged in 2008 in a 77-page grand jury indictment alleging that he and others were involved a conspiracy to import the drug Ecstasy into the U.S. and commit extortion and murder, the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said in a statement.
Federal agents intercepted about 100,000 Ecstasy pills worth approximately $2 million at locations in the Midwest. The drugs were bound for Los Angeles, according to federal authorities.
Abergil was the head of a crime organization that conducted "criminal activities in Israel and around the world," the U.S. attorney's office said. Members of the organization killed a man in Sherman Oaks in 2003 after he interfered with a drug deal, federal authorities said.
Abergil is scheduled to be sentenced May 21 at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles.
— Robert J. Lopez