Sources say that the DEA is poised to drop the hammer on the scion of a highly regarded Kansas City jewelry family.
The details are sketchy but allegedly it entails the smuggling of both diamonds and drugs as well as some alleged intra-family misdeeds. It’s also said to entail the owing of enormous sums of money to other area jewelers.
If true, this could be the most shocking scandal in modern Kansas City history.
And it’s not like this sorts of thing hasn’t and doesn’t happen elsewhere. It does.
Take a 2001 Los Angeles Times story about “The rise and fall of an unlikely drug smuggling ring.”
“The offer was spread in quiet conversations among young Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn and Monsey, N.Y. They’d get $1,500 and a round-trip ticket to Europe if they were willing to carry back suitcases full of diamonds,” the story begins.
“About a dozen said yes.
“But it wasn’t diamonds they were smuggling. It was Ecstasy. And these Hasidic Jews–most of whom still prayed morning, noon and night, and some who wouldn’t travel carrying their contraband load on Saturday because it was the Sabbath–helped bring almost a million tablets of the illegal drug into the U.S. in less than a year.”
And not three years ago Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, warned of “cash, diamonds, drugs, firearms & people (being) smuggled in small airplanes.”
Just last year The Times of Israel wrote about “Hezbollah’s Drugs and Blood Diamonds in Europe.”
I’m not going todrop any further hints, other than to say, brace yourselves.
And stay tuned…