Harlem boxer Edgar Santana was in a New York state court Monday to receive transcripts of wiretapped phone calls law-enforcement authorities are using to charge him with conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
Santana visited the Special Narcotics Court in lower Manhattan and sat silently through a brief hearing in which prosecutors handed his lawyer a thick booklet containing transcripts of 81 phone calls.
Following the hearing, Santana’s defense attorney Dan Ollen said his client only appeared to participate in “three to four” of the calls, all of which were “entirely innocuous,” in Ollen’s initial assessment.
Santana and 12 others were arrested on July 18 by officers from the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Strike Force, which had been monitoring the ring for at least seven months. The main target of the investigation was Santana’s old friend Angel Colon, the alleged ringleader. Continue reading