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According to court papers, a group of Hasidic Jewish men from Crown Heights, Brooklyn, tried to buy 50 pounds of high-grade marijuana from who they thought was a Texas drug dealer, but actually was an FBI agent.

The men were all arraigned in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday, September 17, donning traditional yarmulkes and tzitzits. Boruch “Barry” Rapoport, age 47, Moshe “Mony” Horenshtein, age 27, and Menachem Jacobson, age 30, will all have their cases transferred to Texas to face drug charges there.

Back in April, Rapoport, who is on public assistance with his wife and children, met an agent presenting himself as an El Paso drug honcho. According to a criminal complaint, Rapoport told the agent that he would need 50 pounds of weed a week.

The crew was trying to build up funds to go on extravagant Hawaiian getaways. Rapoport requested to stay away from the product, because if they were caught with the stash he and his cohorts “won’t be going to Hawaii for many years,” court papers said.

“Rapoport stated that he didn’t want to be in the same room as the ‘s**t,’ ” the complaint states.

The careful Hasidic also demanded that code words, such as “alfalfa” and “vegetables,” be used to refer to the marijuana. The undercover agent informed Rapoport that he would transport the goods to Brooklyn by truck, from his marijuana headquarters in El Paso. The agreement was made for the Pot to be delivered on Tuesday, September 9, to a warehouse in Brooklyn, located on Atlantic and Nostrand avenues. According to the court documents, they agreed to complete the deal the following day, Wednesday, September 10.

Rapoport was to meet the ‘El Paso drug dealer’ FBI agent at a hotel in Brooklyn to exchange the money, while Horenshtein and Jacobson went to the warehouse to examine the drugs and discuss business, court papers state.

Hunter College Chabad Rabbi Boruch Jacobson posted bail for Jacobson, who, according to the complaint, was glad to see that the weed was high quality because “you can’t sell that Mexican stuff around here.”

The suit states, “Jacobson then stated that he knew about ‘hydro’ and the requirements for growing it because he was asked to grow some before.”

Horenshtein, who plays with a Hasidic band, gave the agent $3,000 to cover transportation expenses and chose two bricks of marijuana to take as samples before the agents revealed themselves.  Rapoport handed over $95,000 in cash to pay for the drugs before his arrest; meanwhile his $1,400 apartment is subsidized so that he only pays $108 in rent.

The three men will appear in Texas federal court on September 26, and are currently out on $500,000 bond.

Members of the prominent Rubashkin family of Crown Heights posted bail for Horenshtein

The group owns multiple businesses, such as a giant kosher-food outfit, and has a large influence within the Lubavitch community.

Neither Horenshtein’s attorney, Zaki Tamir, nor Jacobson’s lawyer, Albert Dayan, have given any comments.


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