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In Multi Defendant Drug Case Guilty Plea Preceded by Argument to Remain at Liberty

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Maxwell Book

SDNY COURT EXCLUSIVE, May 20 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 25, 2023 as later on January 31, detention or bond proceedings were held, by Magistrate Judge Sarah L. Cave on multiple defendants arrested in an Upper Manhattan and Bronx drug case.

  Presented in Federal court on January 25 after arrest the day before were, among others, defendants Lazareth Paulino and Abreu. The latter was arrested outside an apartment on Ogden Avenue in The Bronx.

  After argument, he was ordered released on $100,000 bond to another apartment in The Bronx, on Bryant Avenue, after signatures by co-signers.

  By contrast, Lazareth Paulino who sought release to an apartment on Audubon Avenue four blocks from what the judge called "the set" was ordered detained, without prejudice to reapplying.

On January 31, another co-defendant in the case was before Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Willis: Jonathan Rodriguez. His retained counsel said he is in withdrawal but could move 50 blocks south to the Harlem apartment of his girlfriend, who he named.

 The Assistant US Attorney, who had asked for detention, named four unindicted co-conspirators with who Rodriguez should not speak outside the presence of counsel.

  He was released on $100,000 bond and home detention.

 On February 3, another co-defendent Eddy Caminero appeared in Magistrates Court. Magistrate Judge Jennifer E. Willis said he can be released "once he located a residence, approved by the Government and Pre Trial Services, Outside of Washington Heights."

On June 21, Eric Eusebio was presented, the day after arrest, in the same case. Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn agreed to release him, but only to an address on Daly Avenue in The Bronx. His CJA lawyer said he has a job offer from Rising Ground, "driving migrants." Judge Netburn said I don't love you working as a driver at this point; she also asked that a copy of a plane ticket he bought be turned in.

On August 21, 2023, Judge Woods held a proceeding about co-defendant Jeriel Abreu - he scheduled an evidentiary hearing for August 28 at 1 pm on charges Abreu had, among other things, tested positive for drugs. During the proceeding, two U.S. Marshals came in and sat in the back. But no remand was ordered.

On August 24, the US Attorney's Office wrote to Judge Woods asking that he authorize Pre-Trial Services to release all records maintained by PTS relating to the supervision of Abreu from April 6, 2023 to the date of the hearing.

On August 28, the hearing was held and Inner City Press was there. Multiple occurrence of being out of the home - a rented room on Webb Avenue in The Bronx - were cites, some consisting of ten minutes explained by picking up food delivery from DoorDash and UberEats, which defense counsel said won't come up to the fourth floor of buildings in the Bronx.

 But there was a positive test for fentantyl; Judge Woods cites an missing hour returning from the courthouse to The Bronx and ordered remand. The US Marshals moved in...

Jump cut to March 20, 2024, when co-defendant Enmanuel Liriano pled guilty before Magistrate Judge Gary Stein. The AUSA sought immediate remand under the statute, distinguishing the case before that of US v. Chavez. But defense counsel, two of them, said at least three SDNY judges release in these circumstance.
  The AUSA named three who do not. But in this case, Liriano is the family's sole breadwinner, working at Costco in Hackensack. His bail was continued.

On April 17 co-defendant Eddy Caminero, in detention, pled guilty to Count 1. His detention was continued and sentencing set for July 25 at 10 am.

On May 20, in advance of the guilty plea of Eric Eusebio set for May 22, his counsel wrote it arguing that he should remain at liberty after the plea. He cited, inevitably, Judge Furman's Chavez decision.

The overall case is US v. Santos, et al., 22-cr-522 (Woods)



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