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PostPosted: Fri Oct 06, 2006 3:28 pm    Post subject: Jerusalem Network (Drug Smuggling) Reply with quote

By the late 80s local Israeli mob shots were being called by Jacob "Koki" Orgad a 40 something Israeli emigre who authorities say "seemed to have a presence in every major U.S. city." Orgad arrived in the U.S., shortly after his wife and daughter in 1985. They settled in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where they appeared to live modestly. Orgad however was in the midst of setting up one of the nations largest drug trafficking networks specializing in the sale of Ectasy a popular party drug. Rumors on the streets of Los Angeles swirled abou the the new bigshot. Some said he was a former rabbinical student who had been a member of Mossad, Israel's elite intelligence organization. Others said he was a fraud, a fake and a poser.

What is known is Orgad hailed from a large Moroccan Jewish family and before moving to the U.S., had run a discount electronics store. Orgad became minor celebrity in Los Angeles thanks in part to the radio advertisements which ran constantly on various stations touting him as J.J., the king of beepers. Part of the Orgad legend has it that infamous Hollywood madame Heidi Fleiss showed up in his store oneday looking for a television. The opportunistic Orgad began ingratiating himself to Fleiss after learning that she lived in a $1.5 million Benedict Canyon home.

The story carries little semblance of truth as Orgad was already a major player in L.A., crime circles by this point and Fleiss as was the case with many of her prostitutes had a well known affinity for the products Orgad and his associates peddled. In fact Orgad and his rapidly growing army of associates were among the best known figures in the city. They frequented all the hottest night clubs and restaurants. Places like Cafe Maurice, The Gate, The Century Club and their personal favorite Bar One, a members only nightclub on the Sunset Strip.

Orgad or Tony Evans as the Bar One staff recalled him was known to dabble in a little cocaine, pimping and of course X. He knew all the club owners and party promoters. He knew celebrities, politicians and businessmen. His preferred group of associates included a curious mix of young suburban men of Middle Eastern extract. They consisted of a Coptic Christian, Hasidic Jews and Lebanese Moslems. Their common interest was women, fun and money.

Ushering in the era of Ecstasy as the L.A. drug of choice, Orgad made a trip to Amsterdam where he established a wholesale source through a network run by Oded Tuito. The Tuito group was a tight knit network composed of Israeli mobsters and former military officers giving some credence to Orgad's claims of contacts with Mossad. Tuito like Orgad maintained tight contacts in Jewish religous circles particularly New York's strict Hassidic community. Not to give the impression that Orgad's stature was anything close to Tuito's but the two served their purpose. The source of the contact between the two groups has never been revealed by may have come from Orgad's underworld contacts in Israel which included a brother Zohar the owner of an Israel criminal dossier.

Together the two would supply as much as 90% of the X sold in the U.S., between 1990 and 2001. Obviously the profits were enormous and Orgad "he became a naturalized citizen under the name Tony Evans," began to indulge in life's finer accoutriments. The 9 million or so pills he sold allowed him to purchase a fleet of luxury cars which included multiple Mercedeses and BMWs. He ditched his modest L.A., apartment in favor of a swanky high rise condo which he outfitted in modern fashion complete with the latest big screen televisions courtesy of J.J., electronics.

As mentioned earlier Evans enjoyed the nightlife and spent lavishly entertaining guests around town. One purchase Evans made to endulge his booming social status was a VIP table at the Key Club. An undisclosed sum went toward purchasing a piece of Bar One while thousands more was squandered on flashy Rolex watches and glitzy rings, chains and trinkets. Of course a man of his stature had to look the part and Evans began affecting an image which led some to call him the Israeli version of John Gotti. Evans stocked his closets with Armani suits many of which he would never wear. Business and life was good, but all good times must end.

L.A., investigators learned Evans had once been an enforcer for producer Ivan Nagy also the paramour of Heidi Fleiss. As Evans business boomed he and Nagy had a parting which was less than cordial over a documentary he produced on Fleiss. Nagy began to supply information on Fleiss and her new associate Evans after the later reportedly shot up his apartment in protest of the documentary.

A break came when a key Evan's courier was apprehended and charged with drug smuggling. Kevin McLoughlin provided the details which filled in the holes in the investigation into Evans operation. Soon authorities began making significant busts. One case led to the seizure of Woodland Hills resident Gilad Gadasi who was charged with conspiracy to distribute more than 118,000 Estasy tablets.

Tying Evans to Tuito, the trail went out of the country and back where authorities closed down the Brooklyn based operation headed by Ian Zarger a Tuito lieutenant. Zarger's Brooklyn Terror Squad was notorious for its beating of New York club patrons. The gang was glorified by New York rapper Fat Joe who named his clique after the Israeli crew. Law enforcement took note of the irony and began investigating the ties to the rap community. Their were just to many coincidental crossings between rap, drugs and Israeli networks. Particularly those which repeatedly crossed paths in New York, Miami and Los Angeles.

The New York connection included David Roash and Israel Ashenazi held for possession of 450 lbs of X seized from eight duffel bags and a suit case. Next to Zarger Sean Irez was the most important New York target. It was Erez who arranged for Chassidic Jews to act as couriers who imported more than 1 million tablets into the country between 1998 and 1999. From his Europe base Erez sold Zarger prouct which was then shipped to a customer base in Miami Beach, Florida an area considered to be Tuito territory. Erez dealt extensively with couriers like Richard Harris Berman aka Tiny. His network setup looked like this;

    Sean Erez - Canadian national who organized shipments to the U.S., on behalf of Oded Tuito. Based his operation from Europe.

    Diana Reicherter - Erez girlfriend passed on product from Erez to the courieres.

    Shimon Levita - Known as Shimy, recruited Hassidic couriers who smuggled the drugs from Europe into the U.S.

    Simcha Roth - Shared recruiting duties with Levita. Also known as Moshe Katz and Mutty Katz.

    Giacamo Pampinella - New York based wholesaler known as Goombah and Jimmy.

    Richard Harris Berman - Miami Beach wholesaler received shipments from Pampinella and distributed them to local dealer known as GQ.

    Cesar Vandenbranden - Miami dealer known as GQ. Sold product supplied by Tiny Harris.


The rings product could be readily found in such Miami Beach hotspots as the Mix, Fabric and Kit Kat Club. Erez's operation was eventually taken down and he settled his case entering a guilty plea in an lengthy indictment handed down in 2000. Erez fought extradition to the U.S., but soon after loosing his appeal entered a guilty plea and received a 20 year sentence.

The Zarger end of the operation was notorious for its connections to Sammy "the Bull" Gravano in Arizona. Setting himself up in Arizona under the alias Jimmy Moran, Gravano began purchasing X from Zarger via Andre Wegner. Wegner known as Whiteboy was another San Fernando Valley schemer with ties to Tony Evans. Moran had financed a group of young wannabe's operating from Gilbert Arizona under the monikor Devil Dogs. The gang headed by Michael Pappa said to have been a white supremist operation but no explanation was given for the involvement of at least one African American and Jewish member in the press. Moran financed the operation and Pappa purchased the product from Wegner who in turn got his supply from the Los Angeles area.

Wegner who was caught by the FBI in a heated exchange with Jimmy Moran over money secured his stash of X from L.A. area rave promoter Robert "Bobby Shortstop" Stewart. Stewart promoted his rave parties via a company he owned called Euphoric Empire. Euphoric Empire hosted massive rave parties such as those he threw at San Bernardino's old wrestling rink which spilled over into the newly constructed Stampede Stadium parking lot. 60 something city Mayor Judith Valles was in attendence on what she called a fact finding mission. Stewart's rave empire extended into the Phoenix area where he hosted off-campus rave parties for ASU students. Stewart and his people were said to have moved some 300,000 hits per month.

Stewart's ability to move such large amounts of X allowed him to acquire large consignment shipments not only from Wegner but Wegner's immediate superior in the ring Mounir Deiri. Deiri was an experienced criminal with a rap sheet filled with arrests for counterfeiting and fraud schemes. Deiri in addition to supplying the Arizona crowd, worked up false identification and business fronts like Exotic Fantasy and Triumph Church of God and Eastman Kodack Inc to launder cash. The dark eyed Syrian was at least a dozen years older than many of those he came in contact with and the level of sophistication in his criminal dealings exhibited that. Deiri's contacts were not limited to the X trade. He was also known to move kilos of cocaine, the only associate or member of the organization outside of Orgad/Evans to dabble in powder.

Stewart's success in moving X led Deiri to front Bobby Shortstop in a venture which saw he move bricks of cocaine across the Atlantic where they were sold in Europe. Each kilo sold represented an $8,000 profit which was laundered via Zarger's European contacts. By October of 1999 the operation was moving 30 kilos a week via mules to Europe. Overall the crew would move an estimated $30 million worth of powdered cocaine.

Deiri's operation came to a crashing hault in November 1999 when courier Kucuk-Beyaz was arrested in Frankfurt Germany with the equivalent of 5 kilos of X. The next month members of the Inland Regional Narcotics Team (IRNET) seized Sonja McDaniel and Amenah Jackson with 1 million X tablets. Both quickly began co-operating with the task force and a raid of Deiri's apartment turned up a volume of evidence. When the raid took place Deiri wasn't home but the ensuing search produced more than enough evidence to secure a life sentence for their target. Agents found 18 neatly stashed kilos of Ecstasy near a shrink wrapping machine. Boxes of fake credit cards and several shoe boxes containing a total of $765,000 were also uncovered. The raid led to a break in Deiri's operation when his supplier Louis Ziskin insisted that he leave the country. When Deiri refused Ziskin offered him $250,000 as an incentive only to be rebuffed once more. This time Ziskin decided to cut his losses and broke off ties with Deiri.

Unconcerned by the heat on his operation, Deiri continued working his magic with a seperate L.A. area crew under Tony Evans.

The true nature of the Deiri/Ziskin relationship is best described as two seperate entities coming together to maximize their operations. Collectively the collaboration of Deiri with Ziskin and Deiri-Ziskin with Jerusalem network never truely panned out as tension between Ziskin and Deiri boiled to the surface. Ziskin's ability to secure large quantities of X from sources in the Netherlands by way of Europe provided fantastic sums of cash for the likes of Tamer Ibrahim and Alex Maimon. The trio entered into transactions as equal partners beggining in 1999 as Ibrahim "a Coptic Christian born in Egypt," and Maimon began accompanying Zisking to Europe on buying trips. The trio often carried suitcases filled with cash and arranged for (MDMA) shipments to the addresses provided by Mounir Deiri.

Ziskin and Ibrahim were the undisputed leaders in the scheme from an importation standpoint. The two couldn't have been more different as Ziskin's strong confrontational stances often rubbed people the wrong way. Ibrahim was a natural conciliator who smoothed the ruffled feathers Ziskin's heavy-handedness raised. With the arrival of each Federal Express package from Europe came 50,000 tablets of ecstasy which was quickly distributed through the vast network of sellers around the country. Deeply involved in the scam Deiri occassionaly moved product himself along with his growing cocaine business. Tamer Ibrahim enlisted his cousin John to assist Deiri in shipping cocaine to his customers as well as monitoring the performance of the legion of couriers Deiri employed. As a thank you Ziskin gave Deiri a $60,000 Cartier watch but drug seizures had strained the relationship to the point of no return. Deiri would insist Ziskin owed him $1.2 million for lost product. The trouble began as authorities caught up with three members of the distribution network as they secured a shipment of ecstasy from France. As was the case with Deiri, Tamer Ibrahim's patience had thinned inregard to Ziskin and the two agreed to part ways.


The chronology of trouble went as such. By October 1999, a new network had been established based in Amsterdam with Ziskin, Ibrahim and Deiri in control. Success was short lived as federal authorities seized a shipment of (MDMA) from France bound for Los Angeles. Instead of seizing the packages they waited until the networks couriers picked them up. In short order Lori Lynne Johnson, Amenah Jackson and Sonya McDaniel all picked them up and were arrested. Anxious to settle their legal issues all agreed to deliver the packages as customary to John Ibrahim who was promptly seized. The ensuing investigation turned up two storage units containing more than 700 lbs of ecstasy and more than $1 million in cash on December 22, 1999. The seizure provided the excuse Ibrahim and Deiri needed to sever the Ziskin business tie.

The network was reborn with new suppliers including a brand new Deiri powder source in Jose Antonion Cortes. Ziskin became suspicious and began to ask questions as to the source of their income. For some reason Ibrahim lied and told Ziskin that he and Deiri were out of the drug business when they had actually dispatched two couriers in Joseph Yavetz and Michael Helo to the Netherlands to secure a fresh load. When the two were arrested in Germany, Ziskin realized he had been duped and tensions arose all the more. Instead of getting out of the business altogether, Deiri and Ibrahim continued to expand their operation employing a method suggested by David Reziniano which allowed the network to import millions of ecstasy tablets to be shipped at once instead of the paltry 50,000 which had marked the peak of their collaboration with Ziskin.

Instead of using Federal Express to ship small qauntities via Europe, the duo began moving millions of tablets threw South Korea hidden in shipments of clothing. Bribing customs officials proved to be no problem and soon the pair was rolling in cash. "Steve" Ryu Jihaand Min Sung Jin were the Korean importers who made the expansion possible. Yet and still their product was secured in France, shipped to South Korea and on to Los Angeles where it was received and protected by a corrupt customs agent. The pair was making more money than ever but they continued to press Ziskin for payment of the shipment lost in December 1999. At some point the trio agreed to conduct a run in early 2000 which would allow Ziskin to repay Deiri the disputed sum. The deal which would have brought 2.1 million tablets into the country was seized as it arrived at Los Angeles International Airport July 22, 2000. With the second seizure sure to bring heat, Deiri and John Ibrahim began supplying information to the feds on Louis Ziskin who was arrested in December 2000.

The case ended in April 2001 with Louis Ziskin, Dewayne Sanker and Alex Maimon all found guilty at trial. John Ibrahim, Mounir Deiri, Sonja McDaniel and Amenah Jackson all pled guilty prior to trial.

The Jerusalem Network (The Jew Crew)

As if the entire network wasn't confusing enough, enter a new cast of characters. Led by Hai Waknine , the Jerusalem Group faction known as the Jew Crew were a notorious clique of fun loving, gun slingin Valley Boys. They associated with members of Russian organized crime and unbeknown to the LAPD were actually an offshoot of Israel's powerful Abergil crime syndicate. Hai made his first million using a credit card scheme which would have done Mounir Deiri proud. Along with his good friend Tamer Ibrahim, Waknine and his brother Assaf, began cruising Ventura Blvd., in a jet black Ferrari frequenting all the hottest night spots. Fun and First class was how the Jew Crew did things as evidenced by a celebration thrown to mark Ibrahim's 21st birthday. The crew rented a helicopter after a bash at the ultra chic Chateau Marmont on the Sunset Strip. Donning Tuxedo's for the evening the crew and their dates borded the helicopter and flew around aimlessly for hours over downtown L.A.

Though fun was a primary aim the crew which consisted of;

    Hai Waknine - Undisputed leader of the Jew crew and a suspect in the death of one of his high school instructors. Recently sentenced to prison for organized crime related activities. Reportedly involved with former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett.


    Assaf Waknine - Hai's younger brother connected to a scheme which saw him obtain private pager numbers for LAPD detectives from Anthony Pellicano.


    Tamer Ibrahim - A naturalized Egyptian who grew up in Woodland Hills.


    Adrian Kucuk-Beyaz - An Armenian X trafficker who grew up with Ibrahim in Woodland Hills.


    Eyal "Alex" Maimon - Israeli of North African descent. A known X trafficker with ties to the Jew Crew and Alex Ziskin.


The Jew crew was about serious business. One of their primary contacts was wealthy Los Angeles investor Judah Hertz.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 11, 2006 2:25 am    Post subject: A reply Reply with quote

This is good shit! I can remember you alluding to this subject back at the "sista site" but me not being from L.A. I wasn`t sure of what you meant.

You know I gotta ask this but does Milchan, Mogilevitch or Bruce Rappaport have any connection with any of this people?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 03, 2007 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good write up Jiggy.

Let me say that prior to these middle eastern groups operating in LA, there has always been a low key group of well connected American Jews. These organized Jews worked very closely with some influetial Los Angeles family members on everything from broads, to bookmaking, and dope. Can tell you more privately.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 11:01 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

So Fat Joe was financed by Israeli X dealers. Similar to how other rap labels were financed by drugs. is there a connection to Jake the Jeweller?
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 11:01 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

Judah Hertz........hmmmmmmm.
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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 11:04 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

I don`t know if you`re still here GD but I`m interested in this group about whom you`re talking.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 9:52 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

The Los Angeles branch of that thing in NYC.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:02 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

What`s the signifigance of the various rabbis? Are they some kind of gatekeepers? Or as religious organizations they have plenty of money and power to disseminate?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:29 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

Judah Hertz......was he laundering money for the crew? Or was he the contact for higher-ups?
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 09, 2012 10:34 pm    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

Hehehehe....what did the mayor think about the raves? House and techno in SB.hmmmmmm.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 1:55 pm    Post subject: ... Reply with quote

The Mayor loved it. She didn't think there was anything nefarious going on. Unfortunately for her, a couple of days later a car load of kids high on X drove off Hwy 138 coming down from a rave party in the mountains. The Rabbi's have access to money, people and are afforded a thin layer of protection as religious figures. Investigators run the risk of being labeled anti-semitic, racist or biased when they are dealing with investigations involving charitable or religious organizations. ∆udah was both a contact and a source of funding. The question arose several times as to the origin of the funds he used in his attempt to purchase casinos in Vegas and corner the market in the New Orleans business district.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:56 am    Post subject: Beemoe Reply with quote

All right beat me up on this one......it took an ESPN special for me to see this. I remember you writing about this some years ago but couldn`t see a real picture. Hehehehe
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