Israeli Drug Kingpin Gabriel Kenigsberger Captured In Bogotá
In a joint operation carried out in the Chapinero neighborhood of Bogotá by Colombia’s Attorney General and army, backed by Israeli intelligence, Gabriel Kenigsberger, an Israeli citizen was captured and is now facing 26 years in prison for his role as a kingpin in a vast international organized crime network connecting the Japanese Yakuza, Israeli mafia, and the Colombian La Oficina narcotrafficking gang.
Kenigsberger was sentenced in October by the Fourth Specialized Court of Bogotá for the crimes of conspiracy to commit aggravated trafficking, manufacture or possession of narcotics; and aggravated money laundering.
Kenigsberger, though already convicted, is also still being investigated for participation in sexual exploitation of minors with the promotion of sexual tourism plans that included children. Prosecutors say that Kenigsberger is also facing legal proceedings, including an Interpol red circular for drug trafficking in France, the Netherlands and Israel.
Prosecutors say he is one of the leaders of an international cartel linked with the Japanese Yakuza and Jerusalem mafia in Israel and worked as a liaison with the La Oficina narcotrafficking mafia.
Kenigsberger, an Israeli citizen has lived in Colombia for twenty years and holds Colombian identity documents that allowed him to travel throughout Colombia arranging shipments of cocaine from Colombia to Europe.