Drugs

Cocaine rabbi avoids prison term

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 23, 2009

A rabbi convicted of cocaine possession has been ordered to attend narcotics rehabilitation within the Jewish community, avoiding a jail term.

At his trial in November, Rabbi Baruch Chalomish pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of high-quality cocaine after falling into heavy addiction. Last January police raided a city centre apartment in which Rabbi Chalomish was found after what was said to be a five-day long drug binge.

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Ecstasy as safe as riding?

By Robyn Rosen, November 26, 2009

A retired spinal injury consultant has said he was “flabbergasted” after sacked government drugs adviser Professor David Nutt controversially used his decades-old research paper as evidence to compare the dangers of horse-riding with those of the drug, ecstasy.

Dr John Silver, a member of Radlett United Synagogue, has spoken of his shock after Professor Nutt referred to a paper he had written more than 20 years ago, entitled The Hazards of Horse-Riding as a Popular Sport.

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Rabbi cleared of supplying cocaine faces rehab

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 25, 2009

The rabbi standing trial for supplying cocaine at a lavish party for rich doctors, businessmen and prostitutes has been cleared by a jury at Manchester Crown Court.

Baruch Chalomish, 54, escaped a lengthy prison sentence and was given unconditional bail. It was indicated by the judge that he would face an order to attend narcotic rehabilitation organised by the strictly Orthodox Jewish community when he reappears for sentencing on December 17.

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Rabbi cleared of supplying cocaine

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 25, 2009

Rabbi Baruch Chalomish has been found not guilty by a Manchester Crown Court jury on two counts of intent to supply drugs discovered by police at his home in Salford and a Manchester city centre apartment.

The rabbi pleaded guilty to possession of Class A drugs found at his home and the Shudehill apartment.

His co-defendant, Nasir Abbas, was convicted, in his absence, of intent to supply. A warrant is out for his arrest. The judge described him as "the main player" in the case.

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Israeli man in Heathrow cocaine arrest

August 5, 2009

An Israeli man has appeared in court on suspicion of smuggling cocaine after being arrested at Heathrow Airport.

Arie Zilberman, 27, appeared at Uxbridge magistrates’ court in west London last week charged with suspicion of smuggling six kilos of cocaine, with a street value of £240,000, into Britain.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody until September 1.

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Party drug kills medical student

By Marcus Dysch, April 30, 2009

A 21-year-old medical student has been found dead after taking a “party drug” which the Home Office failed to ban despite warnings of its dangers.

Hester Stewart’s parents paid tribute to their “caring, wonderful girl” and attacked the government for failing to implement plans to outlaw gamma-butyrlactone (GBL) last year.

Ms Stewart, whose family were formerly members of Brighton and Hove Orthodox Hebrew Congregation, died at a house in Brighton on Sunday morning. A container of GBL was found close to her.

It mixes with acid in the stomach to create date-rape drug GHB.

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Lenny Henry plays it straight on drugs

November 6, 2008

Comedian Lenny Henry raised some serious issues when he addressed the third annual dinner of Drugsline on Monday at the Millennium Hotel in London's West End.

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Two deny drugs claims

October 16, 2008

Two Israelis, one in his 80s, have pleaded not guilty to importing cannabis into Britain, while a third has pleaded guilty.

Moshe Kedar, 81, and Mordechai Hersh, 66, will face trial at Winchester Crown Court in February next year.

Yehezkel Srebro, 56, pleaded guilty but will not be sentenced until later. Another six people are charged with the same offences.

All nine were charged following arrests in Southampton in April, in connection with alleged drug-trafficking.

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Orthodox community steps up its anti-drugs campaign

By Simon Rocker, August 15, 2008

A strictly Orthodox charity is planning to step up its campaign over the next few weeks to educate its constituency about the risk of drugs.

Talking Matters, a Stamford Hill-based welfare agency specialising in mental-health issues, last autumn published a ground-breaking 128-page guide in Yiddish, Hebrew and English on understanding addictions, ranging from gambling, sugar and "shopaholism" to alcohol and drugs.

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Cocaine blamed for rabbi's crash death

August 5, 2008

A wealthy philanthropist dubbed "God's postman" was killed when he crashed his Bentley after taking cocaine, an inquest heard.

Rabbi Benzion Dunner, who gave millions to charity, may have been under the influence of the class A drug as he drove his two sons in his £175,000 car.

The 45-year-old lost control of the Bentley Arnage as he overtook another vehicle at 80mph, careered off the road and ploughed into a tree.

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