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World's biggest ecstasy dealer nabbed in Rio

dpa German Press Agency
Published: Saturday December 23, 2006

Rio de Janeiro- An Israeli believed to be the world's biggest dealer of ecstasy was arrested Saturday on a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian police announced. El Al Yoram, 35, offered no resistance when was nabbed in the fashionable Ipanema district while walking on the beach.

According to the arrest warrant, he is wanted in the United States, Israel, Brazil and Uruguay. The arrest was the result of coordination among authorities of the four countries, a Rio police spokesman said.

Brazilian authorities said that Yoram had rented a home for the last year in Ipanema. He was arrested in 2005 in Uruguay but was able to flee a few days later to neighbouring Brazil.

Yoram is alleged to have been behind the largest-ever shipment of the club drug ecstasy, a stimulant with the chemical name methylenedioxymethamphetamine, into the United States.

© 2006 dpa German Press Agency