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Man With Prostate Cancer Was Driving 600 Grams of Drugs Now GPS & Home Detention

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SDNY COURTROOM, March 1 – In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on March 1, a detention or release proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Katharine D. Parker on a defendant arrested with more than 600 grams of fentanyl and cocaine in his car trucks, allegedly driving it from New York to Connecticut to sell the drugs.

But the man has prostate and bone cancer.

  Inner City Press covers the Magistrates Court, sometimes alone in the gallery, as it was on March 1.  Defendant Rafael Ventura was brought in by three Marshals. His Federal Defender said that some of the prior arrests were of a different Rafael Ventura, with the same FBI number.

  Judge Parker considered all this and agreed with the Federal Defender that this Ventura could be released the same night, on a $50,000 bond to be signed by three within two weeks. He will stay over night in The Bronx and return to SDNY on March 2 by 10 am for the fitting an a GPS "ankle bracelet." Then he is to be under home detention in Connecticut, with a preliminary hearing tentatively set for March 31.

     The case is US v. Ventura, 22-mj-22020 (Parker)



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