By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News
Audrey Strauss, United States Attorney for New York’s Southern District, announced yesterday that EDDIE COTTO, also known as “Eddie Diamond”, was found guilty in Manhattan federal court. This follows a week-long jury trial by U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff. COTTO will be appearing before Judge Rakoff in November 2021 for sentencing. Audrey Strauss, Attorney Audrey Strauss, stated: “A unanimous jury swiftly determined that Eddie Cotto sold poison in a public building for more than a year, disrupting New Yorkers’ lives. Today’s conviction was a result of Cotto’s distribution and disregard for the consequences of heroin, cocaine and fentanyl.
As shown in the Indictment, public files, and other evidence at trial:
EDDIE COTTO led a drug trafficking group (the “DTO”) in New York. The DTO controlled drug sales of heroin and cocaine in and around the New York City Housing Authority building at 1760 Lexington Avenue (the “Building”). COTTO coordinated and supervised the supply of narcotics for his co-defendants. He also stored the DTO’s narcotics within the locked janitorial cupboards of the Building. COTTO was the gatekeeper of Building from the safety of his Winnebago, which COTTO kept close to the Building. COTTO would instruct his co-defendants to serve the customers COTTO was sending to him to the Building in the early morning hours. This was usually done via walkie talkie.
COTTO, 61 of New York, New York was convicted on one count of narcotics conspiracies in violation of 21 U.S.C. 846 and four counts respectively of narcotics distribution violating 21 U.S.C. ?? 841(a),(1) and 841 (b)(1)(C). COTTO faces a mandatory term of five years imprisonment and a maximum sentence of 120 years for all convictions.
SAMMY MCCOY (64), of New York City, New York was sentenced on May 19, 2019, to 98 month imprisonment. ERVIN ORTIZ (62), of New York was sentenced on May 20, 2021 to 66 months. JJIMMY RVAS (28), of New York was sentenced on October 11, 2019 to 24 months imprisonment. Judge Rakoff sentenced ORTIZ and MCCOY to prison.
Ms. Strauss was highly impressed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s outstanding investigative work and the New York City Police Department’s dedication to the public.
The Office’s Narcotics Unit is handling the prosecution. The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s Narcotics Unit, which includes Timothy V. Capozzi and Rebecca T. Dell. Aline R. Flor, Emily A. Johnson, and Aline R.Flodr, Assistant United States Attorneys.
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