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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.

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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