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Man Charged In Narcotics Conspiracy in 2004 Was Detained in 2021 Now US Seeks 5 Years

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Nov 26 – Thomas Sanders was indicted in 2004 along with Julian Chopurian in a narcotics conspiracy.

 Chopurian pleaded guilty in 2006 and was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment.

Sanders was arrested and detained on March 2, 2021 - seventeen years later. 

  On March 26, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Victor Marrero held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. Sauders remained detained, and another conference was set for May 14. Inner City Press covered that one as well.
   The defense is invoking the Speedy Trial Act; Judge Marrero mused that being on the lam for 17 years tends to waive that. He excluded time, over the defense's objection, to June 18. Some evidence, it seems, is hard to find after all this time.

On August 20, Sanders pleaded guilty. And on November 26, the date after Thanksgiving, the US Attorney's Office that 60 months (five years) in prison would be "sufficient but not greater than necessary to serve the purposes of sentencing." Watch this site.

The case is USA v. Sanders, 04-cr-1230 (Marrero)


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