Tom Alkalai, the son of Tel Aviv Magistrates Court Judge Ezeria Alkalai, was arrested Monday in Tel Aviv on suspicion of importing two kilograms of the hallucinogenic drug DMT (Dimethyltryptamine). The substance is similar to LSD.
In light of his father's position, and in an attempt to prevent the father and son from meeting in a courthouse, the son was brought before the Rishon Lezion Magistrate Court for the extension of his remand. The suspect denies the allegations against him and claims he did not know the substance was on the list of illegal drugs.
The police requested his remand be extended by an additional eight days, but the judge suggested they make do with only one day. The police's representative was surprised by the suggestion, but agreed to keep the suspect in custody only until noon Wednesday.
Together with additional suspects, the judge's son allegedly contacted Dutch
distributers who sent the substance to Israel
in the form of dried plant peels. After the substance was received, it still required an additional chemical process to turn into a psychedelic drug.
The first batch, weighing one kilogram, arrived a year ago, and afterwards the Central Police's Drug Unit succeeded in gathering intelligence on the group's activity. Monday, the suspect was supposed to receive the second batch, but instead of postmen he was greeted by police detectives.
He was arrested together with his girlfriend who was with him in his apartment, but she apparently does not have any connection too her boyfriend's business. Only after his arrest was the identity of his father – a central district judge – revealed.
The suspect's lawyer, Shmuel Saff, said: "He imported dry plant peels which can be used, among other things, for the creation of natural colors. He admitted that he had imported the peels last year as well, and even presented the police with the shirts (he colored with them). He had no idea that it was a drug. Fact of the matter is that it was all done online and in the open."
During the court hearing, the Central District Police's representative listed the alleged offences, which include dealing in marijuana.
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