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Fentanyl Defendant In MCC Might Have Laptop Link With 500 Pearl In Covid 19 Safety Valve

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, April 7 –   Leonardo Bautista and Jose Ramirez-Encarnacion were arrested in December 2019 and charged in connection with the sale of one kilogram of fenanyl on West 50th Street in Manhattan.   

Now Encarnacion is in the Metropolitan Correctional Center amid the Coronavirus pandemic, while Bautista is out on bail and sheltering at home.

  Both defendants had a status conference on April 7 before U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge Richard M. Berman. Their lawyers' senses of urgency were understandably different.

   Bautista's Federal Defender Christopher Flood asked for more time to complete an in-person Safety Valve proffer, once such in-person meetings are possible.

    Encarnacion's Criminal Justice Act lawyer Nathaniel Marmur said he is preparing an application for bail.    Judge Berman mentioned that he and some other SDNY Judges had discussed there being a laptop in the Attorneys' Lounge in 500 Pearl Street through which defense lawyers could confer with their clients across the street in the MCC. Marmur said he is not leaving the house, for now. (It is unclear to Inner City Press if the Attorneys Lounge-to-MCC laptop connection has been made; we hope to have more on this.)

  While the bail motion may be heard before then, the next conference was scheduled for June 10. Inner City Press intends to continue to cover this. This case is US v. Bautista, 20-cr-14 (Berman). 


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