Deli Owner Arrested For Selling Drugs Out of Lafayette Avenue Store

Ralph Jawad, 48, was also charged with gun possession after being arrested Thursday night.

Police busted a well-known Fort Greene business owner Thursday night for allegedly selling marijuana out of his Lafayette Avenue convenience store, cops said.

Ralph Jawad, 48—called "Mayor of the Block" by many longtime Fort Greene residents—is in custody on several charges involving a stash of drugs and at least one weapon at his deli at 89 Lafayette Ave. near South Portland Ave., police said.

A nearby resident said he saw a "couple of cops" on Thursday night walking into Jawad's business—known in the neighborhood as Lafayette Ave. Meat Corp. or, just simply, Ralph's Deli.

"At that point, there did not seem to be any urgency to the situation," he said. "People were shaking hands and being friendly."

A search warrant was issued and cops arrested Jawad 7:35 p.m., according to authorities.

Jawad was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, criminial possession of a weapon, criminal possession of marijuana, intent to sell marijuana and unlawful possession of marijuana.

A longtime Fort Greene resident lingering outside the shuttered deli on Friday called Jawad "a good guy" who in her 35 years of living in the neighborhood was always ready to help someone in need.

"If there was somebody was hungry, he would feed him," she said.

Boriqua October 22, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Free Ralph.....I need a good laugh and some good coffee. Go after the real criminals.
Peter Nolan Smith October 23, 2012 at 12:16 AM
say your prayers for ralph. tomrrow's a big day
Chino October 23, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Free Ralph, need good people in the neighborhood. Miss you cup- cake! Chino.
negro gato October 23, 2012 at 04:21 AM
I Must say Since I have know RALPH he is well loved and respected in the hood, and has done a lot for it as well. All I can say this so called war on drugs is a bunch of BS!!!!! the so called upper crust are the ones supplying and purchasing more than anyone else!!!!!!!!
brooklyn007 October 23, 2012 at 04:30 PM
we get upset over drug related crimes that happen in our neighborhood...killings, muggings, rapes, etc. but we cheer on the people who sell the drugs. i get that he has done a lot of good, but geesh. he owned his own business, he has a family, and now it's destroyed because of his poor decisions. i get that he was much loved in the community, and it's find to give words of encouragement, but it doesn't make sense to get angry at the cops or "people with political clout".
eisa October 23, 2012 at 05:36 PM
ralph - if you can read this, we miss and support you. so glad that our community is rallying around you. we won't let your bodega be turned into another yoga studio! free ralph!
Ralph October 23, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Ralph is still the Mayor! 420.
Ralph October 23, 2012 at 06:02 PM
This was totally a political hit. Free Ralpello!!!
A'Mark October 23, 2012 at 06:43 PM
people with political clout...are you kidding me! they are the queens demanding the drugs
Ralph October 23, 2012 at 06:46 PM
It's also an election year, and those queens need to save their jobs. :)
Beige October 23, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Ralph wishing you the best. gentrifiers begone.
Peter Nolan Smith October 23, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Peter Nolan Smith October 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
employees were cut loose. Emily Worthington should go back to tribeca and stay there. BS people and even worse are the NY times reporters tried to dirt out ralph.
Peter Nolan Smith October 23, 2012 at 11:04 PM
typical Bloomberg hacks
Chap Free October 24, 2012 at 12:55 AM
FREE RALPH! I lived in Fort Greene for many years, at one point as a broke and hungry college student. Ralph is the kind of guy that would help someone in need at the drop of a hat, no question! If there was a point where I didn't have 2 nickels to rub together, Ralph had my back with a few canned goods and beverages to put in my bare fridge... He eventually even helped me find a job. He's a stand up guy and I refuse to believe there is justice in this situation! What up Tuac!!
Kelley Roper October 24, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Ralph is an incredible human being. I could NOT have survived my New York experience without him. He fed me and my children when I needed help. He gave me money to get to the job interview for the job I have now!
sharron woodson October 24, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Sharron Woodson Ralph has been a great friend. I know him for over 30 years from being in the neighborhhood . Always a gentle and sweet man
Maria Guido October 24, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Ralph is a good man who has always been there for my family - and always lending a hand to people in need. Anyone who says anything different knows nothing about him - or the neighborhood they live in.
A'Mark October 24, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Lauren Wills 26 resident since 2004....what are you selling? it maybe time for you to relocate to Tribeca. Emily stay away we had enough of you! really darling, enough
Beige October 24, 2012 at 07:57 PM
I agree Peter.
Beige October 24, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Ralph is a good man who even looked out for people who stiffed him. I remember when an aquaintence of mine (an ex) stiffed him on a year worth of rent . He called me and would not accept my money when I offered to pay. He even held her belongings for six more months until everything was straightened out. A very Gracious guy. Thanks again Ralph.
Peter Nolan Smith October 25, 2012 at 12:14 AM
ralph is free. he's out of rikers and back at the store. everyone in the neighborhood is showing the love, but his troubles are not over so keep the support strong. Ralph is one of us. He's no Emily Worthington.
Peter Nolan Smith October 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM
ps his beard is gone
Charles November 11, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Yes he such a great guy and will help you in anyway he can.
olga gattling November 15, 2012 at 03:48 AM
During the time i lived in NY, my significant other resided on So.Portland & Lafayette. We used to frequent Ralph's store for groceries, newspaper, cigarettes. Ralph was always courteous, helpful and friendly as well as polite to his customers. If Ralph could help any of the people in the community/area, he would do it without any hesitation. He is a decent human being. I am praying for him.
LadyBugMix November 22, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Ralphie is genuine so the haters had to take him down! Without people like Ralphie....the community will lose escrow. If it works...leave us alone dammit...
beeze November 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM
All of this love found on this page is great - help his defense by writing a letter of support with your contact information and bring it to Ralph's asap. Just follow the steps below. 1. Introduction: Who You Are. What you do for a living and for how long. 2. How You Know Ralph: For how long, and relationship, neighbor, landlord, 3. Give Specific Examples: i.e. good things he’s done, his reputation, honest etc. 4. Provide a good contact number, email, & / or address
Dan December 31, 2012 at 08:12 AM
There would be no marijuana related crime if it were not for the unfortunate face that it is illegal. It is an absolute shame that we allow such things to happen by absurdly criminalizing a harmless plant. It is also a waste of taxpayer dollars to allocate law enforcement resources toward fighting it, whereas it could be, and obviously should, be legal. And taxed.
LTS March 18, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Any idea what happened? I see that the deli was shuttered last week.
Waverly Wonder March 21, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Guy is a menace to society. Too bad that an immigrant to this country chooses to repay his welcome by selling drugs from his store. He could have easily transformed this store into a legitimate business.


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