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Reputed major Israeli trafficker pleads guilty

By TIMES WIRES
Published January 17, 2007


FORT LAUDERDALE - An Israeli described as one of the world's biggest drug traffickers pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring to import thousands of ecstasy tablets into the United States and was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Zeev Rosenstein, 52, will serve his time in Israel.

Rosenstein was extradited from Israel in March to face charges of conspiring to distribute more than 850,000 ecstasy pills. The Drug Enforcement Administration listed him as one of the 44 biggest global traffickers, saying his network spanned four continents.

 

Poisoning suspected in peacocks' deaths 

RIO - Six peacocks have been discovered dead in the last week in this Martin County neighborhood. It is feared someone is poisoning them.

Nancy Weiss said she saw one of the birds convulsing for a half-hour before dying. "It's disturbing," she told the Stuart News. "They're dying a horrible death."

The birds are such a familiar sight in this town that there are "peacock crossing" signs on some roads. But not everyone likes them; some have complained of the birds' noise and mess.

Animal control officers are investigating.

 

Man allegedly films himself attacking wife 

ORLANDO - A man raped and tortured his wife and tied her to a tree, all while recording it for a two-hour bondage porn video, authorities said Tuesday.

The 30-year-old man, charged with aggravated assault and battery, sexual battery, kidnapping and false imprisonment, was being held in the Brevard County Jail in lieu of $3-million bail.

"The victim will be mentally scarred," said Brevard sheriff's Deputy Marlon Buggs. "He humiliated her."

The assault occurred as the couple were on a canoe trip on a canal Saturday. A script for the video was found at the scene, Buggs said.

 

Man ordered to pay restitution to ex-wife 

WEST PALM BEACH - A Boca Raton man convicted of hiring hit men to kill his former wife must pay her at least $310,000 in restitution for medical bills, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Ronald Samuels, 58, was sentenced to life in prison plus 120 years after he was convicted in October of hiring hit men to kill Heather Grossman in 1997. The shooting left her a quadriplegic.

Grossman's father, Ralph Stephens, told the court he spends $160,000 a year on her care.