Hearne: Monumental KC Jewelry & Drug Scandal Poised to Erupt

diamondsI’m playing these cards ultra close to the vest, but you heard it here first…

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.”

drug smuggling diaper

drug smuggling diaper

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…

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46 Responses to Hearne: Monumental KC Jewelry & Drug Scandal Poised to Erupt

  1. Paracelsus says:

    Now I’d call that a pretty compelling teaser!

  2. hot harley says:

    old story hearne….you’re out of the loop…..jewelers are making 300% maybe more
    on their items….so it’s ripe for bad sh*t.
    if I’m correct it will involve a rogue member of a family wlel known in
    jewelry circles who got it all started.
    and besides…go into most pawn shops and there’s plenty of the
    baubles in theshowcases.
    you better hurry because a tv station is already on the story!!!!!!!!!
    remember its ratings time and I expect total story out by Thursday of this

    • admin says:

      You running a fever or something, H Man? Best do something about it.

      I think I gave the readers quite enuff to chew on for now. Trust me, when this story breaks it won’t be a blogger item.

  3. chuck says:

    Harley, why don’t you do us all a favor and get back to downloading your “Johnny Weir Outfit Tracker” app on your cell phone.

  4. balbonis moleskine says:

    water water everywhere but none for us to drink

  5. i like edm that goes wahwahwahwah says:

    They should have kicked down some of those to the EDM scene here in town. Haven’t seen a decent pill in half a decade.

  6. expat says:

    That LA Tines article was clearly written by someone with a rosy view of Hasidim and not much experience with them. Here’s what they’re known for in New York:

    bait and switch fraud
    patronizing hookers
    churning out Tay-Sachs children
    being slumlords
    swindling Gentiles any way possible

    I’m sure there are good ones but if you’re not part of Dwight’s tribe you take your chances. I also heard humorous stories from female friends who were at the receiving end (no pun intended) of sex discrimination by Hasids. They love to play spot-the-Jew on the street and then chide females for not being orthodox enough.

  7. Bar Kochba says:

    Ex pat is ignorant.

    • expat says:

      Au contraire I speak from experience.

      While I’m certain the majority of Hasidim are good people, as goyim our ability to interact with them is extremely limited because of how their community is structured. If we do have dealings we’re likely to encounter a Menachim Stark or his ilk, or just get treated poorly for being outsiders (or worse being female). Keep in mind this doesn’t cast aspersion on all Jews – Orthodox also treat reform Jews like shit for the most part. Their loss.

      Is Dwight not Jewish? I could be wrong on that one, I thought it was implied in his writing the other day.

      • expat says:

        In the comment awaiting moderation I meant to say Hasidim not Orthodox.

      • admin says:

        FYI, Dwight’s not Jewish

        • Dwight Sutherland says:

          I blanking love it! I went from WASP anti-semite to Zionist,Likudnik,propagandist for the Israel Fifth Column in one fell swoop! I can’ t wait to call my buddies in New York! Thank you,thank you! Dwight “Shecky” Sutherland

          • Stomper says:

            Shecky , welcome to the club! Any subtle urges yet to send a check to Nancy Pelosi for her reelection campaign ?

    • the dude says:

      You obviously don’t know many or any Hasidic Jews, do you?

  8. Bar Kochba says:

    Is ex pat putz implying that Dwight

    is Jewish??

  9. Hollister says:

    Is it the Toner family? Seem to remember Mike Toner being embroiled in a federal cocaine scandal 15 or so years ago.

  10. Mark says:

    Churning out Tay Sachs children — are you kidding? Out from under which rock did this Nazi crawl?

    • expat says:

      Ummm the same rock as the Yeshorim Program? Religious prohibition against contraception/abortion combined with large families and a genetic predisposition to Tay Sachs was a big problem in the community. My info is a bit old, I was glad to read it’s being handled through genetic testing.


  11. Bar Kochba says:

    Ex Pat should be re-circumcised


  12. Bar Kochba says:

    Sounds like ex putz should be re circumcised


  13. Pootie Tang says:

    Ya’ll missing the boat today. TKC is kicking your asses with the Plaza riot blog. 70 hits before noon and youz got Harley and expat and admin chirping to each other. Hell I’z got ho’s that chirp like dat.

    • hot harley says:

      pottie tang….you’re right….
      plaza riot is filled with nutty comments.
      but hearne….be careful…..this story about jewelry is ON THE low down..

    • admin says:

      Sounds like someone needs to get a life, Pootie Tang.

      Don’t take that the wrong way…just sayin’

  14. Stomper says:

    Wow, good stuff so far. A plethora of thoughts.

    1. I love how the comments on any given post at KCC can take on a life of their own and go off on tangents completely unrelated to the original topic.

    2. Dwight did use the word “tribe” in his piece on “The Socialism of Fools”. Jews will often refer to ourselves as ‘Tribesmen” in reference to the Twelve Tribes of Israel and thay may have led ExPat to wrongly think that Dwight was Jewish. Not that we wouldn’t love to have Dwight join our club. If Ex Pat has been a regular reader of Dwight’s contributions, he would know that Dwight has long wondered why Jews don’t vote for Republicans and that’s probably more of a reason why Dwight has made references to Jews in a number of his pieces.

    3. Bar Kochba; Great choice of a moniker for one who is speaking in defense of Jews.

    4. The “Plaza Riots” would be an interesting topic here.

    5. And finally, for Paul and Balbonis in reference above to drinking water. You guys know you only drink Faygo !!

    • expat says:

      Yeah that my tribe thing threw me off: I avoid anything that smells of local partisan politics so I’m not too familiar with some KCC writers. Stomper as always your levelheadedness/perspective is appreciated.

      The thing is ‘Jews’ don’t need a defender… Nobody said anything about ‘Jews’ as a people. My comment was specific to the Hasidic community which is an insular sect with some really retrograde views, that I think most Americans would find fairly repulsive, including most non-Hasidic Jews. In a world where people are trying to promote equality between the sexes how do you deal with someone who refuses to shake hands or otherwise deal with women in a business setting? (I’ve seen it happen, much to the amusement of female coworkers, one of whom was an executive, former sniper in the Russian army, and Jewish. A truly impressive woman whose hand couldn’t be shaken in greeting.)


      It’s unfortunate people tried to hide their ignorance of and inexperience with Hasidim by accusing me of anti-Semitism but when all you have is a hammer… If I’m wrong tell me why and then everyone can learn, don’t play the raycisss card and shut down the conversation. I expect they can complain about my phrasing but not the facts behind it. The ironic thing about Bar Kochba’s chosen handle is that this is just a few people talking on the internet, there are no Romans around nor are there any Nazis. Let’s keep things in perspective.

      • the dude says:

        Don’t worry expat, some of us know of what you speak.
        Don’t worry about the pooheads that try to deflect the truth.

  15. Zak says:

    Who is the family?

  16. Judah Mac Abee says:

    Ex Pat you are a classic anti Semite spouting a lot of racist bunk! You should be ashamed of yourself.

    • hot harley says:

      Judah..this is where all the haters come…
      seen chuckles the sad clowns rants on African americans…makes
      ex pat look like a saint……or the attacks on glaze….
      chuck doesn’t care….he’s vile!!!!!!

    • expat says:

      You should be ashamed of your hysterical response to some fairly incontrovertible statements.

  17. Judah Mac Abee says:

    Expat your answer shows what an Anti Semite you are and an astounding ignorance of Chassidim. You can rationalize you racism any way you want. But if the shoe fits. Shove it up your tuchas!! Over and out

    • the dude says:

      Ugh, another race baiter that tries to put the Semite tag on only one specific group of religious followers. Look up the definition of Semite and gain some knowledge.

  18. admin says:

    And Judah’s grade for contributing to thoughtful, uplifting discourse on this topic:


  19. Stomper says:

    Hearne, this is starting to get too far off topic, and maybe even a bit ugly.

    Loosen up on those cards you are playing close to the vest. We’re braced as you had asked us to be. Drop some more hints, at least.

  20. Judah Mac Abee says:

    As Moshe ben Shlomo often says Lechem mi Batzum!!!

  21. admin says:

    I’m trying to stay out of trouble, Stomp…

    You don’t get that?

    Try, “Kansas City proper” as a hint.

    I mean, far be it from me to decide when the authorities may make their move. It took like five seasons in Breaking Bad, for example.

    What, you don’t stream?

  22. CG says:

    I DIDN’T TO IT!!! Hah, Hearne great lead story I’m curious as are we all.

  23. JL says:

    i know and so badly want to share

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