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In SDNY Bronx Gang Mass Presentment Amid Coronavirus Crisis Raises Issues

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 18 -- Even amid the Coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, on March 17 Inner City Press reported that for a large Bronx gang "take-down" the Magistrates Court was being moved in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, to a large courtroom on the 24th floor. 

  The move came after complaints about group arraignments by defense lawyers, and calls for social distancing. Inner City Press covered seven proceedings in Courtroom 24B on March 17, on narcotics, immigration and "hoaxes."  

  Now on the afternoon of March 18, from the US Attorney's Office Press Office, the other shoe drops: "Indictment charging ALEXANDER ARGUEDAS, a/k/a “Reckless,” MICHAEL DELAGUILA, a/k/a “Grizz,” STEVEN JUSTO, a/k/a “Riko,” DAVONTE BROWN, a/k/a “Tae,” JACOBB PADIN, a/k/a “Chino,” EDGARDO BARANCO, a/k/a “Slime,” ABBAS OZKURT, a/k/a “AB,” JAHVONNE CHAMBERS, a/k/a “JV,” DENISE BULLOCK, a/k/a “Mocha,” SIMONE CORDERO, a/k/a “Mixy,” MATTHEW NIEVES, a/k/a “WB,” TYERANCE MICKEY, a/k/a “Hoodlum,” and MARK BROCK, a/k/a “Rover,” with racketeering, firearms, and narcotics offenses, in connection with their membership and association with the Black Stone Gorilla Gang (“BSGG”).  ARGUEDAS is also charged with the December 9, 2012, murder of Gary Rodriguez.  ANDRE CURRY, a/k/a “Flex,” is charged with narcotics and firearms offenses.                

  "Seven defendants were arrested today and will be presented this afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron."  Watch this site. 


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