Sure, a Jew who observes the Sabbath could get a Shabbos Goy to pick up his illegal drugs (other questions about observance and obeying the law aside). But what does everyone else do when the drug dealers are the observant Jews?
NYPD claim that, at least like the markets in my neighborhood, a group of Sheepshead Bay dealers texted their regulars to let them know they'd be closed for Shabbat. From the Daily News:
“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,” an April 12 message to over 50 recipients read.
Five men were charged in operation "Only After Sundown," following an April 20 police raid.
But make no mistake, the indictment alleges these dealers were moving much heavier stuff than marijuana (which isn't really that taboo in many parts of the Jewish community, especially if for medicine use). Heroin, oxycodone and cocaine on the other hand ...
(Hat tip: RNS)
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