Sabbath-Observing Drug Dealer Sentenced to 5 Years

A member of a Jewish drug crew that refused to sling dope on the Sabbath was sentenced to five years in prison on Tuesday.

Eduard Sorin had previously pleaded guilty to drug charges and possession of a loaded, sawed-off shotgun. Sorin and his crew—who sold cocaine and heroin, and were busted with about $460,000 worth of oxycontin—refused to sell drugs during Shabbat.

"We are closing 7:30 on the dot and we will reopen saturday 8:15 so if u need anything you have 45mins to get what you want," a text sent in April from one of the dealers said, according to the New York Daily News.

And Sorin reportedly sent this text last March: "He said he can't do that but he can give you an 8 for 275 but its only gonna be tomorrow because he is closed for Shabbat. And the safe is locked."

Sorin was also sentenced to five years of probation once he's released from prison.

[h/t Gothamist]