Kristine L Ming

Haredi couple from Israel caught with drugs in Ukraine

Ukrainian police arrested an ultra-Orthodox couple from Israel at Kiev’s Boryspil Airport after finding more than two pounds of marijuana in their luggage.

The website of Ukraine’s border police did not identify the Israelis arrested on Sunday, but said they were apprehended in a combined operation by the country’s security service, police and customs.

The news site on Thursday suggested the couple may have been framed in connection with the woman’s legal battle for custody over her nine children from her ex-husband. The article did not name the individuals involved, citing privacy considerations.

The couple reportedly is maintaining that the drugs were planted in their luggage.

According to one of the woman’s neighbors, unidentified men showed up at her B’nei Brak home before word of her arrest got out and emptied it of her belongings, telling the neighbor that “she will be gone for a while.”

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