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Nine Kilos of Coke Leave 2 Men Jailed For Thanksgiving As Offered To Leave The Bronx

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTROOM, Nov 24 – In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on the late  afternoon of November 24, the day before Thanksgiving, a detention proceeding was held by Magistrate Judge Stuart D. Aaron on a defendant charged with receiving a package of 9.2 kilograms of cocaine for delivery to another co-defendant, who was also presented.

Inner City Press live tweeted here:

First up is Edwin Walker, with Federal Defender.

 Before Magistrate Judge Stuart Aaron came out, Walker was talking about Madison Square Garden & road winning records. Now he swears to his financial affidavit.

Judge Aaron: You are charged with narcotics conspiracy

Assistant US Attorney: The government is seeking detention.

Judge Aaron: I know from our conversations in the back that the Federal Defenders will be seeking release. AUSA: This is a presumption case. He received 9.2 kilos of cocaine, to give to his co-defendant

 AUSA: The defendant has 3 convictions for assault, one a felony assault conviction. Also, the manufacture of hallucinigens, and he fails to appear in court. There's a Florida bench warrant.

  Federal Defender: Mr. Walker's last contact with the law was in 2009.

Federal Defender: No one knows if this Florida warrant is real. And he immediately enabled the US to arrest the co-defendant. [Lights dim in the Magistrates Court - it's 4 minutes to 8 pm. The alluded to co-defendant will be up next, if the lights are still on]

 Federal Defender: He's been the director of security at a Burger King for more than a decade, now for another fast food chain. His son has a doctorate. If released, he will not return to the address in the Bronx at which he received the package. He could go to NJ

 Federal Defender: He is 61, he has health conditions. He is vaccinated. Why send him to prison? We offer a $75,000 bond.

Judge Aaron: Mr. Walker, you have not rebutted the presumption. You admitted you did this before. I'm ordering you detained.

 [Walker is still thanking his lawyer as he is led back into the holding call. Now his co-defendant's lawyer and the AUSA and Pre-Trial are summoned back to talk to Judge Aaron. Hard see how if package receiver is jailed, ultimate addressee won't be. But we'll see]

 [The co-defendant, Victor Rivera Quinones perhaps with a different docket number than Walker, has a family member in the gallery, which Inner City Press shares with five law enforcement and no one else.

Turns out Victor Rivera Quinones is consenting to detention, not arguing for release. He'll go to Essex County Jail. And it's over.

This case is US v. Walker and Rivera, 21-mj-11372 (Aaron)



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