Ukrainian diplomat caught with large amounts of suspected heroin at Israeli Prison

200 grams of white powder suspected to be heroin was found on a senior-level Ukrainian diplomat who came to visit a prisoner, his fellow countryman, at Rimonim Prison. The diplomat was detained and questioned but was later released thanks to the immunity granted by his diplomatic passport.
Rimonim Prison. Archives Photo Credit: Israel Prison Service / Channel 2 News

Israel’s Prison Service detained a senior-level Ukrainian diplomat today (Thursday) who came to visit a Ukrainian-born prisoner at Rimonim Prison in Even Yehuda after a 200-gram package of white powder suspected to be heroin was found on him during a routine search.

The prison service staff was shocked to find such a large amount of the substance, as one gram of heroin can be enough for 7-10 doses. The diplomat, who serves as an advisor to the Ukrainian Ambassador to Israel, was detained and questioned by the police but was later released as he carries a diplomatic passport that grants him immunity from being prosecuted in Israel.

The diplomat was visiting a prisoner who was born in Ukraine and is currently serving a two years and five months sentence on account of burglaries and robberies committed in Israel, in what is his sixth prison sentence in the country. The Israel Police and Prison Service are examining whether the diplomat tried to intentionally transfer the drug to the prisoner or if the substance was rather planted on him.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry stated that it will report the incident to Ukraine, which will have to decide whether to return the diplomat to Ukraine or to revoke his immunity and allow for an investigation against him in Israel – a move that is considered unusual and is highly unlikely.

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