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In Bronx Drug Case For Capellan US Asks 262 Months He Gets 10 Years

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 30 – In a multi-defendant South Bronx narcotics conspiracy case, one defendant now intends to plead guilty on October 3, 2023 while the others have until November 16 to decide or face having their case transferred.

  The remaining defendants were placed in the jury box on September 21, 2023 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald. Inner City Press was in the gallery. 

 Judge Buchwald reminded that she said she would transfer the cases to another judge for trial - and added that defendant Frankie Capellan is now set to plead guilty. (It's set for October 3).    

The AUSA said that the other defense counsel want six to eight weeks to decide, adding that if the field is narrowed perhaps the case will not be transferred.  

On December 6, counsel for co-defendant Jose Figueroa wrote in to say he plans to plead and to excuse him from the next status conference.

On January 4, 2024 there was a pre-trial conference, now with three defendants. One had just filed a motion to dismiss alleging the use of fabricated evidence with the grand jury, springing from overdose deal in the holding cell of the 40th Precinct in The Bronx.

Judge Buchwald said, assuming arguendo the motion is denied, trial should be in May. The defense countered with early July, whereupon the AUSA said late July. Judge Buchwald said she will decide.

On January 25 for co-defendant Frankie Capellan who pled, the US asked for 262 months.

On January 30, Capellan got 10 years or 120 months.

The case is US v. Amaya, et al., 22-cr-10 (Buchwald)


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