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ICE Detains Zoilo Taveras With Altered Prints and 6 Aliases In 5 Minute SDNY Proceeding

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 2 -- Zoilo Taveras when he was arrested on February 28 in The Bronx had six aliases and a set of surgically altered fingerprints. 

He had been deported to the Dominican Republic in 2000 after serving time on a narcotics conviction.

Then in 2020 he was "encountered" at the Bronx residence by the New York Joint Criminal Alien Removal Task Force. 

That day, February 12, Taveras "consented to an interview and provided pedigree information [and] that he has surgically altered his fingerprints" - this according to a Complaint by ICE Deportation Officer Brian Figueiredo and signed by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave on February 27, 2020.

  The next morning at 9 am Taveras was arrested, and presented before Judge Cave at 3 pm. Taveras was assigned Federal Defender Zawadi Baharanyi, who for her client consented to detention without prejudice to making a future bail application. 

 As the end of March 2, the case had yet to be wheeled out to a District Judge, and Taveras remained in detention. The case is US v. Taveras, 20-mj-2236 (Cave).  


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