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From Michoacan Carrillo Berger Came to NY To Work But Pressed Into Drug Courier Now Deported

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 11 – Pablo Carrillo-Berber was up for sentencing on June 11 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul A. Crotty. Inner City Press covered it.

Carrillo-Berber's lawyer Gary G. Becker described his client as a "41-year old peasant native of a Paracuraro, a small town in the western state of Michoacan, Mexico." While working at a fruit market in New York City he agreed to pick up and deliver two packages." The complaint cited sale of "'China,' which CS-1 understood to be fentanyl." 

Becker noted that the Pre Sentencing Report is wrong he was born in 1968 - it was 1978. And he has five not six surviving siblings. And they work in the fields, he said. Becker said his client has had a hard time in the MDC - first the cut off of heat ("Judge Furman said it was reminiscent of a Third World County," the lawyer says) and now three months of COVID lockdown. 

 Becker said since all of Carrillo-Berber's family is in Mexico, he was his only visitor in jail, always greeted with a smile and handshake (presumably, until recently).

Carrillo-Berger wrote his own letter, which is in the docket, one to which we hope to return.  

Judge Crotty sentenced Carrillo-Berber to Time Served and to be released forthwith to ICE for deportation.

The case is US v. Carrillo-Berber, 18-cr-703 (Crotty). 


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