Bladen 12 Trial Adjourned Amid Prosecutor Illness

Bladen 12 Trial Adjourned Amid Prosecutor Illness

The trial of the Bladen 12, the men accused of facilitating a drug plane landing in 2021, has been adjourned to next week. The trial was scheduled to continue today, however, the lead prosecutor Alifa Elrington, is reportedly ill. Senior Magistrate Baja Shoman granted the request for an adjournment and set the new date for Monday, February 26. Shoman had originally allotted eleven days for the completion of the trial but there have been several delays including the matter going into a voir dire (trial within a trial). In the voir dire, the defense is challenging statements made by two of the defendants because they were made under duress. The court will need to decide whether or not the statements will form a part of the trial before it can continue. Four attorneys are representing the twelve defendants. Several of the attorneys have said that the matter may go well past eleven days. The defendants in the case are Armando Martinez, Moises Adan Perez, Juan Esparza Sanchez, Heinrich Redecop, Johan Wall, Fredy Orlando Gongora, Delwin Casimiro, Nelson Middleton, George Ferguson, Elmer Nah, Adonis Campos, and Efrain Cano. They are jointly charged with two counts of possession of controlled drugs with intent to supply, one count of conspiracy to land a plane at an unlicensed aerodrome, and one count of abetment of the importation of controlled drugs.

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