According to a criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court, Rappaport met with the agent in April looking to set up a deal to receive 50 pounds of grade-A hydroponically grown marijuana. In his conversations with the agent, Rappaport allegedly demanded they use the code words “alfalfa” and “vegetables” for pot.
On Nov. 10, Rappaport met the agent at a Brooklyn hotel to hand over the cash while Horenshtein and Jacobson traveled to a warehouse on Atlantic and Nostrand avenues where the marijuana was being delivered. While inspecting the pot, Jacobson was allegedly pleased with the high quality, according to the complaint. “You can’t sell that Mexican stuff here,” Jacobson said.
Rapoport — who pays $108 in rent for his subsidized $1,400 apartment according to the New York Post — produced $95,000 in cash to pay for the pot before he was arrested. All three men were released on $500,000 bond and will appear in court in Texas federal court on Sept. 26.
Up in Smoke Shabbat jokes aside, Hasidic Jews have been experimenting with marijuana for centuries. In 2012, 30-year-old author Yoseph Needelman published “Cannabis Chassidis,” a book examining Jewish use of marijuana.