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Man Arrested For Drugs in Apartment of Mother in Yonkers Haltingly Pleads Guilty in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Feb 3 – Cesar Fernandez-Rodriguez was arrested in connection with a heroin mill apartment in Yonkers, New York in December 2019. 

 On February 3, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge George B. Danials held a change of plea proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.   

Fernandez-Rodriguez said he had not been able to meet with this able counsel, due to COVID lockdowns.

He allocuted to 50 grams of heroin; the AUSA said it should be 100 and so it was. Sentencing was set for April 16.

  Then on February 17 in the same case, Rolopho Diaz came to pled guilty. But it did not go smoothly.

  Dias repeatedly said what he did was agree to hold an unknown quantity of drugs in his mother's apartment. He said, I just want this to be over.

 Judge Daniels said that was not sufficient, wanting things to be over. Inner City Press live tweeted, here:

Now before SDNY Judge Daniels, a man is trying for the second time to get a guilty plea to narcotics distribution accepted.

He says, My lawyer tells me that by passing on the package from my mother's house, I distributed. Judge Daniels: This is not rocket science

 Judge Daniels: Tell me what you agreed to do?

 Defendant: They were supposed to pick up the package. They didn't, but they were supposed to. Judge Daniels: You didn't know the amount of drugs?

Defendant: They said it was four kilos. But I didn't know.

Judge Daniels: How did you end up with drugs in your house? What did you agree to do?

Defendant: The guy told me he would put the drugs in my mother's house. Judge Daniels: I know what he did - what did YOU do? I'm not hear to pull teeth, or talk you into anything

Defendant: I agreed to give it to whoever came to pick it up. But they never came.... Judge Daniels:  So how do you plead? Defendant: Guilty.

Diaz' sentencing is set for June 9.

The case is US v. Diaz, 20-cr-43 (Daniels)


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