Cops: Busted Brooklyn Drug Ring Was Shomer Shabbat


Five alleged members of a drug ring that cops say observed Shabbat have been indicted for selling heroin, oxycodone, cocaine and other illegal substances out of a Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn apartment.

According to an indictment unsealed Tuesday, New York Police Department officers raided the Bedford Avenue apartment in April after a nearly yearlong investigated called “Only After Sundown,” the Daily News reported. The crew was in possession of more than 23,000 pills of oxycodone valued at $460,000 and a sawed-off shotgun, according to prosecutors.

The indictment accuses the men of conspiracy for sending customers text messages announcing drugs for purchase and repeatedly warning patrons against showing up between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday.

The indictment names David Gerowitz, 38, Philip Mandel, 26, Eduard Sorin, 38, Jack Zaibak, 25, and Jack Zibak, 28. A previous indictment charged them and Aaron Dombroff, 30, with criminal sale of a controlled substance. Sorin was arraigned Tuesday and entered a not guilty plea, prosecutors said. Mandell has not posted bail and is in jail, officials said. The others are out on bail and will be arraigned over the next several weeks.