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Wilmer Correa Helped Send Heroin Balloons Into US Now Gets Cooperation Deal in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 3 –  Wilmer Correa Yusti was extradited from Colombia to the United States earlier this year on a sealed indictment obtained in June 2017 by then-US Attorney Joon H. Kim, on charges of conspiracy to import narcotics into the US and conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

    On December 3 Correa pled guilty to both counts before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein; each count carried a ten year mandatory minimum.

    But, it emerged during the change of plea proceeding, Correa has obtained from the Office of US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman a cooperation agreement until which, if he fully discloses his crimes and all related information that he knows, he may receive a sentence below the stated mandatory minimum.

    Although a date has already been assigned for the sentencing - March 20, 2020 at 11 am - Assistant US Attorney Michael D. Neff after the proceeding declined, albeit politely, to provide Inner City Press with the docket number. There is a June 21, 2019 protective order signed between Neff and Correa's lawyer Harry H. Rimm.   

From the unsealed indictment and what documents there are in the docket, Correa was accused of assisting a drug mule in Colombia who would fly back to the United States having swallowed dozens of heroin-filled balloons.    

While the underlying seizure of drugs was effectuated in Florida, Neff said that the destination was New York, and that Correa first arrived in the US, under an extradition order which spelled his name Wilmer Correa Yusty, at an airport in Westchester County in the SDNY. That is enough, Neff said, for venue on the Count 1 importation charge.

  The status of Wilmer Correa's co-defendant Marino Amaya Duque is not knowable from the public docket. There is only the 2017 indictment, and a sealed document from May 2019. The case is US v. Correa, et al., 19-cr-378 (Hellerstein).


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