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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!"

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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