Three hasidim from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights were arrested for trying to buy 50 pounds of pot from an undercover FBI agent posing as an El Paso dealer. Boruch “Barry” Rapaport 47, Moshe “Mony” Horenshtein 27 and Menachem Jacobson 30, were arraigned in Brooklyn federal court and will be transferred to Texas to have their case tried there.
Rapoport has a wife and children and lives on public assistance, pays a rent of only $108, but managed to fork over to the agent in disguise $95, 000 in cash prior to his arrest. Rapoport insisted that he should never be in the same room with the marijuana to avoid arrest, not only because a jail sentence would keep him away from his family, but more importantly, because he “wouldn’t be going to Hawaii for many years, ” if he were ever caught.
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So those allowed to visit him in the slammer, play Don Ho for him on your iPod, strum a ukelele and give him a floral lei so he will feel like it’s just a vacation.
The undercover agent said the pot would be delivered by truck from Texas to the Lubbies’ warehouse on the corner of Nostrand and Atlantic, and that is where they were nabbed. Bail for Jacobson was posted by Rabbi Boruch Jacobson of Hunter College, who might or might not have been pleased to know his son was an expert on ‘hydro’ and methods of growing pot, according to the report. Bail was posted for Horenshtein by the Rubashkin family.