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In SDNY Man With Two Names Has Two Cases One Sealed One Before Judge Engelmayer

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 26 – On December 8, 2016 Judge Paul A. Engelmayer imposed a 21-month sentence on Hector Melendez Lopez for conspiracy to distribute heroin, and a condition that "the defendant shall oben the immigration laws and comply with the directives of the immigration authorities."

   On December 26, 2019 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court, this defendant was presented again - but with a different name, Ramon Antonio Mendez Urena, and a case number that even an hour later remained sealed: 19-mj-11950.

   Magistrate Judge Barbara Moses said, I have only one name, Judge Moses. Should I call you Mr. Mendez or Mr. Urena?

    Mendez, was the answer. The charge, for some reason still sealed, is unlawful re-entry in violation of 8 USC Section 1326a and b2, just like a defendant just before him, called Juan Brito, without even a docket number.

  Judge Moses, to decide whether to give Mendez a free Federal Defender or not, asked if his construction job in November had been off the books. The Federal Defender, not yet appointed, said "I'm not sure he should answer that." And he didn't.

    Mendez will next appear before Judge Engelmayer on January 8 at 11 am, for an alleged violation of supervised release, to whit, sale of a controlled substance in The Bronx in violation of NY Penal Law 20.431. The other case remains sealed. This one, misnamed, is US v. Melendez Lopez, 16-cr-94 (Engelmayer).


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