Suspects in alleged drug trafficking ring appear in court
ROCHESTER, NY (WHAM)- The suspects charged with being part of an alleged drug trafficking operation in Rochester appeared in front of a judge for a detention hearing Monday.
The courtroom was filled with their family members and supporters.
Many of the suspects said "I love you" to their family members as they walked into court.
Authorizes are calling Carlos Javier Figueroa as the leader of the drug operation. A complaint filed details his alleged involvement with the operation accusing him of transporting and selling cocaine along with being responsible for acts of violence.
He is accused of coordinating drug shipments from Puerto Rico to Rochester.
His detention hearing along with various other suspects were postponed. Their lawyers are asking for more time to review evidence and wire tape transcripts before the judge makes a ruling on whether or not to release them on bail.
Robert Figueroa, Carlos' brother, also appeared in court.
The prosecution called him a danger to the community and urged the judge to not release him.
The prosecutor meticulously detailed the evidence found in the case as she spoke to the judge. The evidence includes large amounts of cash and powder that appeared to be drugs.
Family members did not want to talk as they exited the courtroom.
However, Carlos Javier Figueroa's lawyer Matthew Parrinello did speak to 13WHAM.
"At this time he has denied the allegation [of ring leader] and we will see as the case goes on and what material we receive," he said. "He has a fiance and a son and it's very difficult. They have a large support system in the courtroom."
19-year-old Jashua Figueroa also appeared in court. His lawyer said "there is very thin evidence" proving his client's involvement in the drug operation.
The judge asked for an assessment to be done of Jashua's uncle's house, a place he could be released to as early as Wednesday if the judge decides.
As for the other suspects in the case, they will appear again in front of a judge in the coming weeks for their detention hearing.