Ralph's Deli Reopens As Details in Drug Sting Emerge

Loaded gun hidden in a box of sugar packets, bags of pot and stacks of cash seized from business owned by Ralph Jawad, according to Brooklyn DA.

Officials released information regarding an undercover police operation that led to the arrest last week of a longtime neighborhood deli owner.

An informant bought two Ziploc bags of marijuana from Ralph Jawad, 48, while he worked behind the counter of his Lafayette Avenue deli on Thursday at 7:30 p.m., according to a complaint filed by District Attorney Charles Hynes in Brooklyn Criminal Court.

The complaint said the informant walked into the deli and made a signal to Jawad, who was in his office in the rear of the building while two employees, Juan Morino-Muroz and Julio Tapia, were behind the counter.

Jawad briefly conferred with Morino-Muroz and Tapia before handing over the pot in exchange for an unspecified amount of cash, according to the complaint. 

After arresting the three men, police found more baggies filled with pot, bottles of controlled prescription narcotics like oxycodone and two loaded guns.

One of the firearms—a .25 caliber pistol—was hidden in a box of sugar packets behind the counter, according to the complaint.

Shuttered the day after Jawad's arrest, Ralph's Deli has since reopened. Two deli employees, who declined to be identified, would not comment on the case.

Arraigned on Friday, Jawad's bail was set at $25,000, according to the Brooklyn DA. His next court appearance is on Oct. 24.

A Fort Greene fixture known for helping residents in need, Jawad was the recipient of messages of support from Patch readers as news broke of his arrest.

"This is what the police in Brooklyn are spending their time and energy on? Geez, I feel much safer...," wrote reader Corine Horeth. "Free Ralph!"

FortyGreene October 22, 2012 at 09:57 PM
The drug war was NEVER about drugs. #HugeWasteOfTime
kelly blue October 22, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Really these nypd pigs are out of line
john jack October 23, 2012 at 04:33 AM
O.g ralph is a permant fixture in fort grrene culture .... it horrible that a classic dude that has stood the test of time has to experience injustice at the hands of nypd....... deep six
A'Mark October 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
yes the store is open and i will continue to shop there! this is not a war...NYPD you know the deal....darling!
Tee October 23, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Everyone is sending out support but I'm not sure why no one is acknowledging that this person did something wrong. Yes I'm sure he is a wonderful person with a huge heart but you have to also realize that selling drugs no matter how big or small is not the right thing to do. And can't blame the cops for that. I just feel it sends a mix signal to society and our kids that because your a nice person rules don't apply to you. Just my thought, no judging.
Joe Gonzalez October 23, 2012 at 03:12 PM
I charge RACISM here. Ralph's illegal drug buyers are WHITE people who live comfortable in area brownstones, condos and co-ops. They are the dozens of supporters who weighed in on this article and the original posted story on this subject supporting Ralph and seeking the dismissal of the criminal charges (so he can go back to selling more drugs to them).They are also the same hyppocrats who scream that cops ought to arrest the mostly BLACK drug sellers in and around the NYCHA projects. Its time for cops to arrest the buyers and the sellers. But because there we are a democracy and because there is a large base of folks who enjoy using drugs, I now ask area elected public officials (who have been silent about Ralph's arrest) to put on the ballot for the electorate to vote up or down the question of whether marijuana ought be legal and sold in store along side of the tobacco and alcohol. Lastly, I am waiting to hear from the area groups (FGA, FAB, MARP and PACC), as to what they think about Ralph's arrest. Word on the street is Corcoran and other area real estate sharks are scheming to snatch Ralph's building if Ralph's legal woes cause him to be unable to pay his bills.
Tee October 23, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I have to agree with Joe on this one. If this was a black store owner selling drugs in fort greene will the support have been the same. Or would every neighbor be outside protesting that this store be closed immediately because they don't want this behavior around "their children" for some reason there is a lot of silence around this whole ordeal. All I can say is that rules have no color and neither should our legal system. Let's just hope the right thing is done on everyones behalf.
FortyGreene October 24, 2012 at 12:22 AM
"Ralph's illegal drug buyers are WHITE people who live comfortable in area brownstones, condos and co-ops." Um, no, the last time I checked... This could've been some constructive discussion here but now it's just ranting and raving. Greeeaaat.
Chap Free October 24, 2012 at 12:22 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!
FortyGreene October 24, 2012 at 12:26 AM
He's Middle Eastern... Palestinian... Did you know? #MoreRantingAndRaving We know the cops knew from awhile back. That's what the weird thing is. Can you deny there's been alot of police helicopter activity recently? No coincidence that it's cuz of Barclay Center. Cops/enforcement have to look like they're doing something. It's all very very political.
Jon October 24, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I don't understand how people can say to let a drug dealer back out on the street without any repercussion. The law is the law! Whether or not the person is black, white, yellow, red or green. You get caught breaking the law you just have to pay. Simple! Minor crimes leads to more serious crime down the line. If you want this neighborhood to get better and safer we have to address these minor issues. You can't pick and choose which laws or crimes to enforce.
Jamal October 25, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Jamal October 25, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Yes, the truth is that the Government of New York are criminals because they Asmho the drug trade for money and I was curious to Ruff is not a criminal until placed in the newspaper as a criminal is a mistake like any other one, but today because of his origin accused
Jamal October 25, 2012 at 02:36 AM
راف كل الحب
Jamal October 25, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Criminals like George Bush and Kndlesh Rice are killing America where millions of criminals, but did not see one in the prison of the giants of murder is a country of law for those who earn and power control if you're a criminal Ruff ordinary man and a good thing.
BRADY October 25, 2012 at 04:20 AM
WOW ! guns ,weed, prescription drugs,whats wrong with that ?! he's a great guy, he says hello to me every day! as long as he's not A BLACK MAN and standing on the street corner of my overpriced condo,i don't see a problem! as far as i'm concerned these facist racist pigs should leave Jawad alone there only bothering him because of his ISLAMIC name no matter what they found why can't the cops do their job and clean up the street corners there is so much violence going on in the neighborhood and the police just don't care
Jamal October 25, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Welcom back raaaaaaffffffffffffffffffffff
BRADY October 26, 2012 at 03:38 AM
HEY JAMAL, RELAX BUDDY ! have a bacon sammich ,and take a chill pill and be still ! welcome to the neighborhood! next time try to rant when your sober. your comments are usless to the cause if they make no sense! and its RALPH not raaaaaafffffffffffffffffff
Lews October 28, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Lews Because of the kinda guy Ralph 'IS' Im a tell it from the freakin UK. Ralph helped me on many occasions always looked out for a brother. Just wanna know the other guy arrested isn't Mehico. Say it aint so.


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