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Reputed Israeli crime boss pleads guilty in racketeering case

May 7, 2012 |  9:33 pm

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.

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— Robert J. Lopez

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