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Former Israeli minister receives jail sentence over drugs at airport.

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Gonen Segev, the Israeli energy and infrastructure minister in 1992-1995, has been given a five-year jail sentence for attempting to smuggle ecstasy into Israel from the Netherlands.

Segev had reportedly hidden 30,000 tablets disguised as M&M chocolate and he was arrested in Israel in April 2004 after Dutch police recovered the bag of drugs from an airport locker at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.

According to the police, the former minister had been investigated over suspicions that he was involved in an Israeli drug smuggling ring, Reuters reported. Segev admitted to smuggling drugs in a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors and he reportedly also admitted forging an extension to his diplomatic passport.

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