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Religious Brooklyn Dope Lords Refused To Deal On Jewish Sabbath, Indictment Alleges

If you’re looking for your fix of heroin or cocaine or oxycodone and you live in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, you’d better stock up on your dope before Friday night. Why? Because on the seventh day, God rested -- and so does your local drug ring. These dope dealers shut down for Shabbat.

After a six-month undercover sting which New York cops appropriately code-named “Only After Sundown,” police busted a five-man drug operation that sold hundreds of thousands of dollars worth or narcotics and illegally obtained prescription drugs but refused to sell drugs between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday because that is the Jewish sabbath.

The arrests were made in April, but indictments of the five were announced this week. In those documents were details about the dope lords' strict religious rules.

The pious pushers informed their customers of their hours trough mass text messages.

“We are closing 7:30 on the dot and we will reopen Saturday 8:15 so if u need anything you have 45mins to get what you want,” read one message, send early on a Friday evening.

Another text, sent from an alleged dealer’s Blackberry read, “He said he can’t do that but he can give you an 8 for 275 but its only gonna be tomorrow because he is closed for Shabbat.”

The men operated out a Bedford Avenue apartment in Brooklyn. They made sure their safe was locked during Shabbat hours.

Observant Jews refrain from all work and monetary dealings on Shabbat. There is no report regarding whether the five men used those hours to attend religious services or if so, to which synagogues they belonged.

The five observant dealers named in the indictment (and pictured at right) are Jack Zibak, 28; Jack Zaibak, 24; Eduard Sorin, 38; David Gerowitz, 37; and Philip Mandel, 25.

They are charged with, among other offenses, selling $8,500 worth of heroin in glassine envelopes to undercover investigators. The indictment also says the dealers bought almost half-a-million dollars worth of oxycodone tablets by presenting bogus prescriptions at pharmacies.

They were arrested after sending out a post-Shabbat text announcing, “Shop is now opened DOB, Blues, kpins, subs & white girl.”

SOURCES: CBS New York News, New York Post, New York Daily News


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