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In SDNY Scull Ceballos From Cuba Is Bailed Out Charged With 20 Kilos of Coke To Avoid Detainer

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 16 – A defendant named Scull Ceballos was presented on a sealed indictment on January 16 in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrates Court, charged in connection with 20 kilograms of cocaine delivered from Colombia to Miami.  

Scull Caballos, it emerged, came to the United States from Cuba in 1996. He had another drug arrest in 1998 but was not deported "because of his nationality," Assistant US Attorney Thomas John Wright said.    

Wright argued for detention, noting that the defendant facing ten years in jail could travel to Cuba by recreational boat in 90 minutes and not be extradicted.   

But Federal Defender Julia Gallo pointed to his common law wife in the gallery, where Inner City Press was the only media; she argued for release on bond the same evening so no erroneous ICE detained would keep him detained for 90 days. (She said this happened to another client, before SDNY Magistrate Judge Kevin N. Fox, from a West African country which does not accept its citizens back if deported from the US.)   

On January 16 Magistrate Judge Katherine H. Parker made the common law wife a court-appointed custodian and told her she would have to call the police if he tried to escape. Pre Trial Services, given the hour, was unable to put on a GPS location monitoring bracelet. That will be tomorrow.

The case, which even after the proceeding did not show up in PACER, is US v. Scull Ceballos, 20-mj-631 (Parker).  


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