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Dutch Arrest Israeli Drug Ring

Police in Amsterdam have detained 19 Israelis living in Holland in connection with the laundering of millions of dollars of drug-related money.

Announcement of the arrests was made here Tuesday, the same day that Tel Aviv police said that they had detained two other Israel-based members of the operation who had been investing the illegal funds in real estate there.

The Amsterdam police identified the gang leaders as brothers Menashe and Ami Eini and their cousin Zion Eini.

The Eini family, originally from Rehovot, immigrated to the Netherlands more than 12 years ago. They are said to have employed 31 people, including 19 Israelis, all of whom have been detained. The Eini brothers were known to the police as the “Israel Connection” in a separate drug-selling operation uncovered a month ago.

According to polic here, the investigation of the money-laundering operation involved close cooperation between the Amsterdam and Tel Aviv police forces for more than half a year. Police in Belgium, Russia and Colombia are also involved in the investigation, code-named “Golden Calf.”

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