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Union Construction Worker Who Sold Cocaine Gets 5 Years and a Day and Vaccine in SDNY

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 4 – Carlos Alvarez has a union construction job paying $41 an hour then, according to prosecutors, took on cocaine and gun dealing.

On May 4, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Chief Judge Laura Taylor Swain held Alvarez' sentencing. Inner City Press covered it.  

Assistant US Attorney Maurene Comey emphasized that, given Alvarez' union job, this was not a crime of need, but of greed. She also noted that Alvarez turned down the COVID-19 vaccine, and said that undermined some of his arguments.

  Chief Judge Swain noted that Alvarez has wisely now agreed to be vaccined, and that a downward variance was merited. She listed Alvarez' difficult childhood and his service in the MDC on a suicide watch group. 

  On Counts 1 through 7 she imposed one day, concurrent. On Count 9, the five year mandatory minimum. Thus, five years and one day, followed by three years of supervised release.

The case is US v. Alvarez, 18-cr-656 (Swain).


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