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Colombian Who Threatened to Tie Up Family After Drugs Were Lost Gets 96 Months

by Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Book Substack

SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 26 – A Colombian man charged with using other people as drug mules, having them swallow liquified cocaine in condoms and then threatening to tie up another man and his family and dog after cocaine was lost, was up for sentencing on March 26 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Analisa Torres. Inner City Press was there, the only media in the courtroom. 

 Julian Alberto Lemus Castro's lawyer said his client had himself been scared when the cocaine went missing; he chided the US Attorney's Office for using a UN Office on Drugs and Crime report about the dangers of swallowing cocaine.

   Judge Torres noted the seriousness of the crime but also the harsh conditions in the Colombian jail the defendant was held in prior to extradition, and of the MDC.

 She sentenced him to 96 months, or eight years.

  The case is  US v. Lemus Castro, 21-cr-287 (Torres)


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