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DEA Says Truck In Mall Parking Lot Triggered Probable Cause But Defense Says Just Shopping

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 30 – Jose Luis Disla Melo is charged in connection with an alleged delivery of drugs into a shopping mall parking lot in New Jersey. 

   On March 30, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge J. Paul Oektken held an evidentiary hearing. Inner City Press covered it.

   The DEA agent narrated why he was suspicious of the truck, and pulled it over for a traffic violation: changing lane without signaling. The defense asked why a truck parked in a mall parking lot would be dangerous.

  No one got out of the truck, was the answer. 

 But didn't others stay in their vehicles, if they were picking some one up, he was asked.     Indeed.

Judge Oekten reserved decision, with detention continued.

The case is US v. Ramos et al., 20-cr-29 (Oetken)


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