Former Brooklyn prosecutor gets five years probation for marijuana trafficking ring

May 23, 2023 Rob Abruzzese
The Brooklyn Eastern District Federal Courthouse
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In an unexpected twist in the justice system, Ramy Joudeh, a former Brooklyn assistant district attorney, was sentenced to five years of probation for his participation in a marijuana trafficking operation spanning across states. The sentencing took place on Thursday in the Brooklyn Federal Court, with Judge Dora Irizarry presiding.

Joudeh, 37, was one of eleven individuals charged in connection to the illicit ring, with his involvement extending throughout his tenure at the district attorney’s office. He even participated in financial transactions on behalf of an incarcerated member of the group, according to court documents.

Arguing for a lenient sentence, Joudeh’s defense attorney emphasized his minimal role in the scheme and argued that Joudeh had little knowledge of the operation’s extent. After considering these arguments, Judge Irizarry granted Joudeh a probation sentence instead of jail time.

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In a heartfelt letter to the judge earlier this month, Joudeh expressed deep remorse for his actions. He spoke of his struggles with substance abuse, his commitment to his faith, and his volunteer work, acknowledging the pain his actions caused his loved ones and the public’s trust he betrayed.

The investigation into the trafficking operation began in 2015 when a truck carrying 787 pounds of marijuana destined for California was hijacked at gunpoint. Following this incident, law enforcement identified several other shipments and uncovered phone records leading to Joudeh and his co-conspirators.

During his career, Joudeh, a native of Brooklyn, showed promise as an attorney. After earning his political science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, he attended Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, where he earned his Juris Doctorate. His professional experience includes an externship with the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office, an internship with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, and a co-founding role at the law firm of Joudeh and Kuller.

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