Student Overdoses

By Forward Staff and Jta

Published January 21, 2005, issue of January 21, 2005.

Four American yeshiva students were arrested in Jerusalem in a sting operation Tuesday for dealing drugs, The Jerusalem Post reported. The arrests of the three 18-year-olds came a day after the death of a 19-year-old American yeshiva student from an apparent drug overdose.

The 19-year-old, identified as Erik Nathan Fogel, was found dead near the Neveh yeshiva. Police say the arrests do not appear to be related to Fogel’s death.

Fogel was a new student in the institution’s one-year program. Experts said that the incident highlights the growing problem of American yeshiva students dealing drugs in Israel.

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