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Former Israeli minister confesses to trying to smuggle Ecstasy tablets February 27, 2005 680news.com
JERUSALEM (AP) - Gonen Segev, a former Israeli cabinet minister, admitted to attempting to smuggle 32,000 Ecstasy tablets into Israel, media reported Sunday, as part of a plea bargain.
Segev had denied the charges, claiming he thought the pills were candy and not hallucinogenic party drugs.
According to the plea bargain, Segev will be sentenced to five years in prison and a fine worth about $34,000 Cdn. The money would be turned over to the Israeli authority fighting drug abuse. A court would have to approve the deal.
Segev has been in custody since he was picked up at Israel's airport in April 2004, after Dutch police found the tablets in an airport locker.
Last September, Segev was convicted of credit card fraud and given a suspended sentence and a fine.