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.