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Man Who Spent 21 Months in Colombia Jail Gets 63 More Months for Fentanyl Importation

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Jan 3 -  In the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on January 3, a sentencing was held by Judge Sidney H. Stein on a defendant who served 21 months in prison on Colombia before extradition on the SDNY, for conspiracy to send 10 kilos of fentanyl to the US.

Inner City Press was there, the only non family member in the courtroom gallery. Related Mag Court live-tweeted thread (more on Patreon here) vlog here

  Ricardo Quiroga Guzman spoke for himself, saying he is humiliated and seeking mercy. His lawyer told Judge Stein that his client is a certified swimming instructor, helping the disabled, but needed money. Hence the attempted drug deal.

Judge Stein sentenced Guzman to 63 months, saying it would have been 84 but for the time in Colombian prison, extended due to Colombian authorities neglecting to transfer Guzman to the SDNY. He imposed five years supervised release, noting deportation.

The case is US v. Guzman, 19-cr-715 (Stein)



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