The US Attorney's office in Boston last week announced the arrest of Mujab Jihad Mubarak, an Everett man with ties to Dorchester, on charges he built up quite the heroin and fentanyl ring in the Boston area.
An affidavit by an FBI agent who participated in a three-year investigation into Mubarak and his associates paints a picture of a sales organization that offers its salespeople plenty of opportunity to make lots of money with some hustle - as long as they didn't cross the boss.
In addition to being charged with one count of conspiring to distribute and possess with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl, Mubarak, also known as Big Homie and Easy, was also charged with one count of use and possession of a firearm in connection with a drug trafficking crime.
According to the affidavit, around 3:20 p.m. on July 1, 2017, Mubarak met with one of his underlings in the parking lot at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury and shot him in the back - twice. The man survived and was later sentenced to 109 days in jail for selling drugs for Mubarak's organization.
Mubarak and another of his underlings, according to the affidavit, explained why Mubarak had to shoot him in conversations with an informant - Mubarak felt the man had stolen $50,000 in drug proceeds, refusing to believe the man's story that, in fact, DEA agents had stopped him and his travel companion at Logan on Jan. 23 of that year and confiscated the money - because the man was unable to produce a receipt for the money. In fact, the affidavit says, the underling was telling the truth: DEA agents actually had stopped the pair and confiscated their money.
But as Mubarak told the informant, according to the affidavit:
The story was just bullshit. You gotta have paperwork ... These other little niggas that hustle with me, I sent them niggas out of town one day, they got bagged with like 100 racks or something, 80 G's ... That wasn't nothing man, them niggas got arrested doing what I told them to do ...They didn't get arrested, they just took the money, you know what I'm saying ... give you a receipt and tell you to come back and claim it if it's yours ... but you can't come back and claim it, you fucking leave it there you know what I'm saying and keep moving, so but he knew that you know what I'm saying and he was trying to run the same line, but his shit was bullshit cause he don't got the receipts ... it's like come on dog, you running game man and he trying to run a game on the Big Homie.
The affidavit does not explain exactly why Mubarak had given the man and his companion the money to transport to Los Angeles. Mubarak himself often made West Coast trips to buy more heroin and fentanyl - in fact, he himself had flown to LA the same day his associate was stopped at the airport - but he tended to move money around via Western Union.
The chat was one of several in which Mubarak and Karim Abdul Tawakkil, an alleged Mubarak associate now serving five years at FCI Danbury for drug sales related to the Mubarak organization, had with the informant in which they discussed their philosophies of life in the drug lane.
They had reason to open up to the informant, because he was a long-time customer of theirs, whom Mubarak trusted enough to offer him a sales job. What they didn't know, however, was that the guy had gone to the FBI and offered to rat them out in exchange for their paying the $2,000 he owed Mubarak for drugs, which the bureau agreed to do.
During one of the recorded chats, Tawakkil explained why the drug life was a choice:
"Motherfucker's got- if you put your life into these streets. See we don't get no pensions... We get an opportunity to be connected to whatever is happenin' on these streets. And that's a choice... We gotta choose that. If a nigga don't choose it, he can't get his earnings... Nigga's gotta keep, he's gotta earn his keep... Are you a wolf or are you a sheep?
In one of their chats, Mubarak explained his success - like a large car dealer, he didn't buy his goods on consignment, but bought them outright:
I don't get fronted nigga. I buy that shit so I own everything nigga. So nigga, I don't buy bullshit work nigga. I own all my masters...you know what I'm saying. I don't work for nobody. No Dominican. No fucking Mexican. Nobody standing behind me talking about nigga hurry up and slow down and all that dumb shit. This shit independent black-owned man."
He also discussed how to keep the product safe - with the FBI agent translating into less colloquial English:
MUBARAK discusses how important it is to take care in storing and protecting the drug supply. MUBARAK says, "Niggas can't be leaving that shit in no bitch's house and she calling the police or her brother stealing that shit, nigga you gotta guard that shit with your life. Man you gonna take that shit, act like your life depend on it... You take this shit, I want my money." I believe, based on my training and experience that this indicates that MUBARAK stores his drug supply at a location he feels is secure, such as his residence.
Mubarak practiced what he preached, according to the affidavit - although his girlfriend lived in Dorchester, where he'd registered his cell phone - he kept all his drugs and records in his apartment in the The Batch Yard in Everett, and possibly in a single-family home he owned in Lowell.
At one point trying to convince the informant to join his organization, Mubarak allegedly discussed how to make money on all those drug shipments: Hefty markups. He sold his wares to his salesmen for $32 a gram, but then they could sell it on the street for $100 a gram.
Even still, like any business owner, Mubarak had his frustrations - often with his own salesmen.
During the meeting, MUBARAK expresses his displeasure with the performance of the members of his [organization]. MUBARAK states "I guess I ain't got the right motherfuckers, I mean, I need some niggas that wanna get it, you know what I'm saying? I just don't wanna put anybody on that don't appreciate you. They don't appreciate you a lot of times... you give them niggas all them fucking pucks [packages of drugs] and shit. And they give the run around and they just fucking it up. But I need these niggas to go, you know what I'm saying?... shit, fuck that, niggas should be having 10, 20 thousand dollar days..." I know, based on my training and experience and review of the recording, that MUBARAK is unhappy with the amount of illegal profits generated by his co-conspirators. MUBARAK believes that the co-conspirators should be able to earn $10,000 to $20,000 a day based on the quality and amount of the drugs he is supplying.
Still, despite his cautions, Mubarak watched a growing number of his associates arrested. Tawakkil was arrested on federal charges in 2018. He pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Another associate was arrested on March 13, after Boston Police officers allegedly watched him sell drugs at Fairland and Moreland streets in Roxbury. He did not got easy - he also faces a charge of assault and battery on a police officer. Yet another faces charges for allegedly selling $45 of crack to a buyer at Huntington Avenue and Cumberland Street in the Back Bay on Jan. 16.
The drug-dealing charge could land Mubarak behind bars for 20 years if he's convicted. The gun charge has a maximum penalty of life.