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Charged With Crack Conspiracy In The Bronx Martin Ross Pled and Now Gets 96 Months

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, March 2 – A crack cocaine conspiracy with then only one defendant was alleged in December 2019 to be taking place around 168th Street and Fulton Avenue in The Bronx. Jose L. Irizzary was charged in the Complaint, but it was Destiny Romero and Mikal Tariq Leahr who were arrested. 

  On January 6, 2020 Judge Sidney H. Stein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held a conference with both of those arrested. He said, "We have somebody that is a fugitive here; Mr. Ross, correct?"   

Assistant US Attorney Jacob R. Fiddelman replied, "That's correct. Mr. Ross has not yet been apprended."   

On February 12, 2020 in the SDNY Magistrates Court, with Inner City Press the only media present, Martin Ross was brought in shackled, and left the same way.

Magistrate Judge Robert W. Lehrburger confirmed that he was being "remanded on consent," and would appear with the others at a conference before District Judge Stein.

  Jump cut to nearly a full year later, on February 20, 2021: "The trial is adjourned to May 17, 2021."

In March 2021, more delay: "ORDER as to Martin Ross: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 1. The final pretrial conference scheduled for April 19 is adjourned to August 16, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.; 2. The dates in the endorsed letter [Doc. No. 61] are adjourned as follows: proposed jury charges, proposed voir dire, and any motions in limine, are due by July 30, 2021, responses to any motions in limine are due by August 6, 2021; 3. The trial of this action is adjourned to August 30, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.; 4. The parties should be aware that although the Court is submitting the jury request for this trial to begin on August 30, 2021, the trial date may be rescheduled by the Court's Ad Hoc Committee on the Resumption of Jury Trials to another date in the third quarter of 2021. The Court will notify the parties as soon as the third quarter trial calendar has been established for trials."

In March 2022, after a guilty plea, 96 months: "Defendant Martin Ross (1) pleaded guilty to Count(s) 1s (Count One in the (S1) Indictment). Count(s) Underlying Indictment is dismissed on the motion of the United States. IMPRISONMENT: 96 months. The court makes the following recommendations to the Bureau of Prisons: 1. That defendant be transferred from the MDC to a facility that can afford defendant with greater educational and vocational programs and exercising programs. 2. That defendant be incarcerated in the tri state area in order to facilitate visits with his family. SUPERVISED RELEASE: Five years. Standard Conditions of Supervision (See page 4 of Judgment). Special Conditions of Supervision (See page 5 of Judgment). ASSESSMENT: $100.00, due immediately. The defendant shall forfeit the defendant's interest in the following property to the United States: $16,450.00 in U.S. currency."

The case is US v. Ross, 19-cr-913 (Stein / Lehrburger). 


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