Broke dropkick’ another player in alleged Vaucluse dark web syndicate
By Sally Rawsthorne 19 July 2018
Eastern suburbs friends Chaim Goldstein and Dov Tenenboim have a lot more in common than their education at a prestigious Sydney college and luxury travel around the globe.
Now in their 30s, they attended the exclusive Moriah College together and have remained close ever since – Mr Tenenboim even helped Mr Goldstein with his boutique denim business, which has since collapsed.
But police allege the relationship goes much deeper – that Mr Goldstein is a player in the alleged dark web drug syndicate run by Mr Tenenboim, the alleged kingpin, from his luxury Vaucluse apartment.
Dov Tenenboim and Chaim Goldstein.
Police will allege in court that when officers from Strike Force Bergmark swooped on Mr Goldstein in Bondi in May, he was in possession of 54g of ketamine and half a kilogram of amphetamines.
He was charged with one count of suppling an indictable amount of a prohibited drug and two counts of supplying a commercial volume of a prohibited drug.
Mr Tenenboim, who police allege was the ringleader of the alleged dark web syndicate that conspired to import drugs from Europe via the postal system, was arrested outside the Vaucluse apartment he shared with his fiancee in June.
Alleged drug supplier Chaim Goldstein.
Court documents obtained by the Herald show Mr Tenenboim was allegedly ordering packages of drugs to locations across the eastern suburbs.
He was also charged with onselling the drugs in 300 gram units over a number of months. Following his arrest, in which police allegedly found two grams of cocaine and one gram of MDMA on him, officers raided his Diamond Road apartment.
Dov Tenenboim was arrested in Diamond Bay Road in Vaucluse.
Officers seized bitcoin worth $350,000 and $69,685 in cash suspected to be proceeds of crime, plus a diamond ring, mobile phones and computers.
Mr Tenenboim described himself as an “elite hacker” in binary code on the Facebook page that also boasted of his luxurious travel, including business-class flights and trips across the globe.
Like his school friend, Mr Goldstein appeared to live the good life before his arrest.
Picture promoting alleged drug supplier Chaim Goldstein’s denim company Billycock.
The self-described “broke dropkick” 33-year-old lives in an apartment just a moments’ stroll from Bondi Beach.
He founded boutique denim company Billycock, which folded in 2016 after producing a series of controversial video clips featuring people being murdered for their jeans.
Mr Goldstein’s online profile shows him at the Pier One Hotel, the Qantas first-class lounge and the Hilton Hotel in Tel Aviv at various times.
On Wednesday, he wore a dark suit as he attended Waverley Local Court with his father to apply to vary the bail condition dictating that he report daily to the police station.
Magistrate Michael Barko refused the application for less onerous conditions, telling him he was “lucky to be walking the streets of Sydney”.
“If he’d been before me [for his first appearance], he wouldn’t have had bail.”
Mr Goldstein will next appear at the Downing Centre on August 29.