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Man Charged After Wire Tap of Bronx Stash House Detained Now Andy Mercado Pleads

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 15-  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on October 13, 2022 three detention or bond proceedings were held by Magistrate Judge Katharine H. Parker. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the Mag Court.

  Defendant Andy Mercado, arrested with two others after a month's wire-tapping and observation of a drug stash house on Loring Place South in The Bronx, asked to be released on bond. His lawyer said the "Andy" on the wire taps might not be him. But his passport was found in the drug filled room.

  He was detained, as were Nelson Olivo and lead / named defendant Joel Cosme Figueroa, who the AUSA linked to fake oxy pills being left for a customer called "stupid chick."

The three were formally indicted on October 26. On December 29, Mercado's lawyer filed a more formal request for a conference to (re) argue for bail, arguing that his client was out of the country, was not a squatter but a repairman, and listing the annual incomes of proposed co-signers of a $500,000 bond.

Jump cut to September 15, 2023 when Nelson Olivo was brought before Judge Caproni with an argument to be released from custody on health grounds. First, he had to waive the conflict of one of his lawyers going to work for the US Attorney's Office in Connecticut. Then, description of hernia pain.

Judge Caproni said she has been assured by BOP that the operation will be this month, but Olivo won't be told the day in advance for security reasons.

Docketed: "ORDER as to Nelson Olivo: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the motion is DENIED for the reasons stated at the hearing. The Clerk of Court is respectfully directed to terminate the pending motion at Dkt. 62. (Signed by Judge Valerie E. Caproni on 9/15/2023)."

And on September 18, co-defendant Andy Mercado pled guilty: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Valerie E. Caproni: Change of Plea Hearing as to Andy Mercado held on 9/18/2023 Defendant Andy Mercado present with attorney Bernard Alan Seidler. AUSA Jane Chong present. Court Reporter Steven Greenblum present. Defendant arraigned on S1 Indictment. Defendant entered a plea of GUILTY to Count 1 of the S1 Indictment. The Court accepted the plea. Sentencing scheduled for January 17, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. Submissions due January 3, 2023."

The overall case is now US v. Cosme Figueroa, et al., 22-cr-582 (Caproni)



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