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Even drug dealers observe the Sabbath

Cocaine on the edge of a box cutter (Associated Press) Cocaine on the tip of a box cutter (Associated Press)

The New York City cops must have suspected something wasn’t quite kosher with the text messages being sent by some apparently observant Jews in Brooklyn.

During their five-month investigation, the police kept seeing mass text messages from the five men urging customers to get their orders in before sundown Friday or else wait until after sundown Saturday.

The men obviously couldn’t do business during the Sabbath. Well, that’s certainly laudable.

And what were they selling? Well, allegedly prescription painkillers, heroin, cocaine and the like, the city’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor’s Office said Tuesday, according a report by the Associated Press.

“We are closing at 7:30 on the dot and will reopen on Saturday at 8:15 so if u need anything you have 45 mins. to get what you want,” one text said. An indictment charged them with using stolen prescription sheets and other methods to obtain 23,000 oxycodone pills with a street value of $460,000.

And they were allegedly using code names like DOB for heroin and “white girl” for cocaine. A text in April to 50 people allegedly said: “Awesome batch of D.O.B. just came in!!! Open now till 7:30.”

Sounds like someone’s go to do some serious atoning this weekend on Yom Kippur.



Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.



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