Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A Nice Jewish Boy: Rabbi Drug Dealer

Drugs-case rabbi "became recluse after wife died"
John Scheerhout (, Nov. 24, 2009)

Baruch Chalomish is accused of running a drug dealing business, a court heard along with a series of testimonials from friends who lavished praise on the rabbi.

The 54-year-old defendant admits possessing drugs but denies two counts of dealing them. Police arrested the rabbi and a convicted drug dealer, Nasir Abbas, when they raided a hotel apartment in Manchester, on January 5. They found 50 grams of cocaine, digital scales, cash, and a cutting agent used to dilute drugs before they are sold on, the jury has been told.

Police also went to Chalomish’s house on Upper Park Road, Salford, and found a further 50 grams of the drug, more cutting agents, and cash. He has said he had spent as much as £1,000-a-week on cocaine and has admitted using prostitutes. Full story
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