This post first appeared as “Ring of Observant Jewish Drug Dealers Refused to Work on Shabbat” in The Forward.
Law enforcement took note that the members of a drug ring in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn were keeping unusual hours. What drew attention was not when the pushers were doing business, but rather when they weren’t.
According to the New York Daily News, a group of apparently Jewish men have been indicted for running a shomer Shabbos drug operation. The sellers of oxycodone, cocaine and heroine sent messages to clients warning them not to come by between sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday.
“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 text message they blasted on Friday to clients. In another message, they wrote that business was “closed for Shabbat.”
The men may be observant of Jewish law, but the secular authorities don’t see anything kosher about their allegedly criminal behavior.
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