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Among 16 Bronxites Indicted in Valentine Ave Drug Case Now Calderon Detention Upheld

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon

SDNY COURTHOUSE, May 31 – Angel Villafane, previously convicted of a felony, was arrested for having a gun in incidents starting at 97th Street and Second Avenue then 110th Street and the FDR (long barrel firearm)  

  On May 20, 2022 U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York  Judge Victor Marrero held a conference. Inner City Press covered it, the only media there.

Jump cut to March 6, 2024 - now it was grown to a 16 defendant indictment: "As alleged, day in and day out, this crew distributed fentanyl, heroin, and crack along several blocks on Valentine Avenue."

Inner City Press went to arraignments including that of Christopher Meadows, who the prosecutor described as an enforcer for the lead named defendant (who was detained on consent).

  Based on medical conditions named in court but which Inner City Press will voluntarily not report, he was ordered bailed on $50,000 bond to his mother's residence in Soundview by Magistrate Judge Valerie Figueredo. On the day of appeal, the US agreed to release.

On March 15, another co-defendant had a bail hearing before Magistrate Judge Stewart D. Aaron. Inner City Press was there, here

OK - now at bail hearing in Bronx Valentine Ave 16 case - 10 supporters of detained defendant here. Defense: My client could move out of The Bronx, to his mother's on Staten Island, or to a suretor's in Orange County. He's charged with aiding & abetting the use or brandishing of a firearm in connection with narcotics sales

AUSA: We are appealing one order to release: we agreed to release Meadows ["The Enforcer," Inner City Press live tweeted that too]. Defense: My client manages a musician, sells clothing at clubs. He used to be a porter at Tracy Towers [in The Bronx]

AUSA: He possessed a loaded weapon, and sold fentanyl. He faces 360 months to life in prison. Four cooperating witnesses will testify against him, one of them a rival. Another will testify to selling him a gun.

 AUSA: He was arrested with a gun and hollow point bullets, in a bedroom shared with a two year old autistic child. He is a clear and present danger to the community

 Judge: I'm focusing on danger to the community. A gun was found at your residence. I'm ordering detention.

On March 20, co-defendant Damel Marcus asked for release on bail, in Magistrates Court. Inner City Press was there, thread

Late in the day came notice that the defense has appealed to Part I, for March 21. Inner City Press was there, thread:

 Judge: I am ordering him to continue to be detained. I am concerned about the firearms discharge, and the wielding of the chains, that he was present. Adjourned

On March 29, co-defendent Moreno came before Magistrate Judge James L. Cott seeking release on bond. After questioning of his CJA counsel, and conferring with Pre-Trial Services in the robing room, the application for bond was denied and detention continued.

On April 10, a co-defendant was writted in from Rikers and detained: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn: Arraignment as to Victor Mending... Conference before USDJ on 6/28/24 with Speedy Trial Time excluded until that date.

On May 31, Judge Marrero upheld Magistrate Judge Aaron's detention of co-defendant Juan Calderon: "Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Victor Marrero: Status Conference as to Juan Calderon held on 5/31/2024. After de novo review of the March 15, 2024 bail determination of Magistrate Judge Aaron, the Court affirmed the Magistrate Judge and ordered the defendant detained pending trial on the basis that no condition or combination of conditions of release would assure not flee or pose a danger to the safety of any other person or the community."

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The case is US v. Villafane, et al., 21-cr-93 (Marrero  / Netburn)  


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