Drug-Smuggler Who Fooled Yeshiva Bochurim Indicted


japanjailAt least 77 Japanese policemen, customs inspectors and others will be called to testify in the State of Israel’s case against Bentzion Miller, who is accused of causing three yeshiva bochurim to unwittingly smuggle Ecstasy into Japan (as reported here). The State of Israel filed a series of drug-trafficking charges this week against Miller, 31, of Yerushalayim. He stands accused of running an international drugs-smuggling network. The three bochurim have been in Japanese jail for nearly a year and face prison sentences of many more years.

Miller is accused of recruiting three youths, one of whom was a minor at the time, to transport over 90,000 pills of MDMA, commonly known as Ecstasy, from Amsterdam to Japan. The three have testified, backed up by lie detector tests and the testimony of others, that he told them they were transporting items of Judaica.

The boys were given tickets to fly to Amsterdam, where they were given suitcases with false-bottoms. They were further told that the “Judaica items” were hidden in order to prevent theft and breakage. 

Attorney Mordechai Tzivin, who represents two of the three bochurim, said, “This severe indictment against someone who enticed three innocent youths is an important part of our defense. Together with many other facts and circumstances in this case, the picture is clear that the boys in Japan were misled, and that their naivety and sincerity were abused by people who were their total opposite. The facts show that the boys are completely innocent, and could not have guessed – and certainly could not have known – that they were carrying drugs.”

Among the 77 Japanese officials whom the Tel Aviv District Prosecution plans to call for testimony are many officials from the Narita International Airport Customs Office in Tokyo, police investigators, and prosecution lawyers. The sheer number is an indication of the gravity with which the police view the case. 

Another suspect involved in trying to entice yeshiva bochurim to unwittingly smuggle drugs is at large in a western European country.

All are asked to continue davening for Yaakov Yosef ben Raizel, Yoel Zev ben Mirel Risa Chava, and Yosef ben Ita Rivka.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel}


  1. I was surprised why matzav mentioned benzion millers name when you are normally very careful about reporting loshon hara. but than a friend of mine told me that the gedolim in eretz yisroel said that there is no issur loshon hara in this case. i guess you did your homework. keep up your great work. i must say im a real fan.

  2. Hashem is on top of this case, please Daven for the 3 boys, many of us have not even Davend for the once yet, please pray for them everyday as if it was some one close to your heart.

  3. I applaud you for mentioning the name of Benzion Miller. People should be warned not
    to take packages from people they do not know,
    especially when they are offered such large sums. No money in the world can compensate for the pain their family is going through. I hope they come home soon.

  4. It is almost Purim, a very special time for Tefilah, an opportunity to keep these boys in mind (not in lieu of davening all the time for them, though!).

    Can Matzav please provide us with an address/web site where we can donate money for this cause?

    Thank you very much.