A disgraced former Brooklyn prosecutor has succumbed to federal charges of helping run a statewide marijuana distribution ring while still trying cases for the DA’s office.
Ramy Joudeh, 36, admitted Thursday in federal court in Brooklyn that since at least 2014 he has used his cell phone to help arrange for the shipping of boxes of marijuana to employees in California from a New Jersey auto dealership, federal court records of The Post have been reviewed.
Federal investigators said they caught Joudeh in the act after he came on their radar during an investigation, and they tapped his phone in late winter 2016 to catch him doing business with his cohorts.
He reportedly worked as an assistant district attorney from April 2015 to May 2016.
The gang used J&J Dumping, Inc. of South Plainfield, NJ to ship the boxes and verify shipments and payments through hundreds of phone calls.
In a call dated March 1, 2016, Joudeh and co-conspirator Daniel Etkin spoke about collecting money from others in the operation that was owed to another suspected member of the distribution ring, Richard Gambale, records show.
“That other kid has to pay you so you can pay him,” Etkin said.
Joudeh replied: “There are two more. There’s 17,000 between them and if you get 10,000.”
Etkin said, “Do you really need her that long?”
Joudeh replied, “Well, I don’t know. Stop calling.”
“Yes, whatever,” Etkin replied. “Good.”
Joudeh said, “If I get them 15 grand, that leaves 12,000, and I’ll give you six, and I’ll give Richie six, know what I mean?”
Joudeh and the other defendants were named in a 2019 complaint.
The FBI and local police first had leads on the drug distribution ring after one of the boxes was stolen by two gunmen outside of J&J Dumping in March 2015, records show.
In court, Joudeh pleaded guilty to using his cell phone to commit a crime and faces up to six months in prison.
According to his profile on his Mineola, LI law firm’s website, Joudeh served as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn before entering private practice specializing in personal injury law.
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