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Bad Treatment in Essex County Jail was Alleged In Drug Case Now Drilon Haxhaj Nears Plea

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 7 –  A multi-defendant case charging narcotics conspiracy and guns, with phone data dumps and complaints from Valhalla and Essex County jails landed in Federal court. 

On February 5, 2021 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Katherine Polk Failla held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it.  

Assistant US Attorney Frank Balsamello described the range of discovery, and a parallel state case.

Defendants cut in, complaining of bad treatment. Judge Failla supported the idea of a discovery coordinator. 

  Jump cut to June 2022 when lead named defendeant Drilon Haxhaj, according to his lawyer, has been engaged in extensive plea negotiations - and therefore asks that his May 2022 suppression motion be held in abeyance. An update is due on or before June 20.

The case is US v. Haxhaj et al., 21-cr-17 (Failla)


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