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Chinese Consulate Sought Visit With Fentanyl Duo in Humbei Biotech Case Now New Counsel

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 5 – The day after fentanyl and China were denounced by all eight GOP candidates in their debate in Milwaukee, two defendants were brought shackled into a federal courtroom in New York, charged with conspiracy to important at least 200 kilograms of fentanyl precursors.  Inner City Press was there. 

  Qingzhou Wang had recently changed lawyers, from a free Federal Defender to retained counsel Daniel Arshack.

Citing the change of counsel, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Paul G. Gardephe set another court date in the future, October 24 at 10 am.

 The Assistant US Attorney described trying to brute-force crack the defendants' cell phones, two each.  

Also charged in the case is the company Humbei Amarvel Biotech Co. LTD, which is unrepresented in the docket like a Last Name Unknown co-defendant also known as Er Yang or Anita.  

 Back on June 28 , counsel to co-defendant Yiyi Chen asked Judge Gardephe, "I've spoken to representatives of the Chinese Consulate. They're here in court today. They'd like to know if they can have a brief non-contact visit with Ms. Chen and the co-defendant if it's okay with the Court and the marshals."

On September 5, now Yiyi Cheng brought in as retained counsel Shaoming Cheng (whose only SDNY case this is). We'll have more on this.

The case is US v. Humbei Amarvel Biotech Co. LTD, et al., 23-cr-302 (Gardephe)

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