By Terrence McCoy
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The arrest of Daniel Fernandez and Joe Losada has prompted the U.S. Attorney’s Office to dismiss charges in one major drug case and caused the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office to drop charges against more than two dozen defendants.
Here are some of the cases that have been compromised:
• February 16, 2005: Losada and Villalobos arrested 41-year-old Hector Calvin Evans for cocaine and marijuana possession and openly carrying a firearm. On January 24, state prosecutors dropped the two felonies and three misdemeanors against Evans.
• February 17, 2005: On NW 57th Street and 22nd Avenue, 30-year-old Marcus Birts and 25-year-old Dwight Hudson were arrested on charges of cocaine possession with intent to sell. This past April, Birts was convicted on one felony count of cocaine possession with intent to sell. But state prosecutors dropped their case against Hudson February 22.
• March 15, 2005: Fernandez and Losada arrested Carlyle St. Pruex and three-time convicted felon Armando Delgado. St. Pruex was charged with nine felony counts and faced up to 161 years in prison. Delgado was slapped with seven counts and was looking at 146 years in a federal pokey. On February 17, the U.S. Attorney’s Office dropped its case against St. Pruex and Delgado.
• May 12, 2005: The jump-out boys arrested 28-year-old John Richardson on three felony counts of cocaine possession with intent to sell. Richardson’s case was dismissed January 25.
• November 11, 2005: The squad arrested 40-year-old Howard Jenkins when Fernandez allegedly spotted him making seven drug transactions at 283 NW 53rd Street. The state dropped four cocaine trafficking felonies against Jenkins on January 24.
• December 13, 2005: Kerrie Taylor, a 44-year-old heroin dealer, was arrested when the squad turned up 35 grams of crack and powder cocaine. The three felonies against Taylor were dropped January 26.