Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2021. 9:07 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: Nine of the “Bladen Eleven” accused of masterminding a drug plane landing several Thursdays ago are out on bail, BBN has learned.
These include Sergeant of Police George Ferguson; Corporals Elmer Nah and DeLeon Casimiro, Constable Nelson Middleton and Nah’s wife Epifania Caliz, who have retained defense counsel Richard “Dickie” Bradley. Other attorneys on the case include Michelle Trapp, Norman Rodriguez, and Ronell Gonzalez, but two of the accused, Adan Perez and an employee, are without representation.
Supreme Court Justice Antoinette Moore set bail of $40,000 each – relatively high for what the men are accused of – and according to Bradley some novel conditions are attached, including for the first time turning over details of their telephone information to ensure that they cannot contact anyone connected to the case. Even if they try to obtain new phones they are bound to disclose those numbers.
According to Bradley, there was objection to bail on the basis that the group was operating as a shadowy unit unto itself and planned to link with other unnamed conspirators in the Department, having penetrated its confidentiality and intelligence apparatuses. Needless to say, Bradley and his clients were taken aback at this stunning accusation, he told reporters.
Bradley also made charges that some of the accused were beaten while in custody and that in the case of Corporal Nah and his wife, the evidence linking them to the events of that Thursday night are tenuous at best.
One other person identified as Efrain Cano is being sought in connection with the case, which returns to court in February of next year.
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