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As Career Offender Gets 6 Years For 6 Grams of Crack in Bronx' Claremont Powder Questions

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 22 – Leonardo Fernandez is classified as a career criminal. In four months in 2018 and 2019, in the Claremont neighborhood of The Bronx, he sold six grams of crack to undercover officers.

   On December 22, 2020 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl held his sentencing. Inner City Press covered it.   

Assistant US Attorney Andrew Chan said that Fernandez had set up his own open air drug market in Claremont. 

 Judge Koeltl asked how much crack was at issue.  Six grams was the answer. 

 And what would be the offense level if it were powder cocaine, versus crack? The difference was 12 for powder, 16 for crack.  

The guideline sentence started at 151 months. Judge Koeltl sentence Fernandex to 72 months or six years.

The case is US v. Fernandez, 19-cr-267 (Koeltl)


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