The daughter of Labor Knesset Member Binyamin Ben-Eliezer was released from New York Police custody over the weekend after she was arrested at Kennedy Airport for allegedly obtaining a powerful painkiller without the proper paperwork.
Talya Ben-Eliezer, 39, purchased the drug following an operation. A "no-bail warrant" for her arrest was issued on July 27 by the sheriff in Tampa, Florida for a "dangerous drug" offense.
Ben-Eliezer, a professional pilot who resides in Florida, took the prescription medication after undergoing back surgery.
Upon hearing of his daughter's release, MK Ben-Eliezer said Saturday "I don't know why (police) said she purchased the medicine without proper documentation. I suppose there was a misunderstanding. She was held at the airport for a few hours and then released."
On Wednesday the New York Post reported that Ben-Eliezer was taken into custody at about 8:40 pm (local time) as she tried to pass through security at Terminal 4, and was hauled off to central booking in Queens, Port Authority.
According to the report, she was detained for allegedly purchasing oxycontin without proper documentation.
Ynet learned that Ben-Eliezer used the same prescription to purchase the powerful painkiller in two separate Florida pharmacies.
The Post quoted a source familiar with the details as saying that Ben-Eliezer had been in Florida about a year undergoing medical treatment.
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