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Leal Took Suitcase He Thought Was Full of Drugs Arrested in Tijuana So Now 24 Months

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 11 – Raymundo Leal was charged in 2017 with accepting delivery in New Jersey of a suitcase of 19 bricks of what he thought was cocaine.  

 But he could not be located, until he walked into the U.S. consulate in Tijuana, Mexico on May 16, 2019. He was arrested on June 8, 2019, at a border crossing in Tijuana.

    On January 11 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Daniels held a sentencing. Inner City Press covered it. 

    The US Attorney's Office urged a sentence of 57 to 71 months.

 But Judge Daniels, citing the Safety Valve proffer and the conditions of the defendant's time in prison, imposed a sentence of 24 months.

The case is US v. Leal, 17-cr-596 (Daniels)


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