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Decade After Drug Conviction Man Was Told To Rehab or Jail Now Must In Patient 6 Months

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Sept 13 –  Hector Lopez pled guilty in a drug case back in 2012. He is still under supervised release.

  On July 19, 2023, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge P. Kevin Castel held a violation of supervised release proceeding on and with Lopez. Inner City Press was there.

  Judge Castel said if his only two choices were leaving Lopez free on the streets of New York, or remanding him to jail, he would choose the latter.

He had two US Marshals in the back row where Inner City Press also sat; he asked them to stand up.  He asked if Lopez understood, and was told yes.

  The plan is for Lopez to check into Cornerstore drug rehab. Judge Castel said he he leaves, he faces remand. 

On August 16, Federal Defenders filed their sentencing submission, asking for two months in a residential reentry center. They recount Lopez as a child being moved from North Babylon, Long Island to Puerto Rico to East Harlem. His father took up with a younger woman and the family fell apart. Later he was introduced to fentanyl - in a rehab center. He left, and that is one of the specifications against him.

On September 13, Lopez again appeared before Judge Castel. Six months of in-patient treatment were ordered, to begin the next day, with a sentencing control date of January 17, 2024.

 The case is US v. Lopez, 11-cr-568 (Castel) 


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