Magistrate Agrees on Bond for Colombian Vice Consul
MIAMI (AP) _ A federal magistrate agreed Friday to grant bond to a Colombian vice consul arrested for drugs here, but the suspect will have to remain in jail pending a prosecution appeal of the decision.
Ernesto Delgado Salazar, 58, was arrested Feb. 11 for allegedly agreeing to store cocaine at a ″stash″ house in Miami, as well as import the drug. He has been held without bond in the Metropolitan Correctional Center south of Miami.
Delgado was vice consul in Miami until his arrest, and allegedly used his office for some of the dealing.
On Friday his former boss, Consul General Roberto Garcia, told U.S. Magistrate Peter Palermo he would ensure Delgado was not given a passport to flee the United States.
Delgado’s attorney, Bonnie Phillips-del Corral, also introduced a score of people at the hearing who, she said, would testify Delgado is not a risk of flight.
Palermo agreed to grant a $250,000 bond which Delgado’s family would sign for, but Assistant U.S. Attorney William Jung filed notice of intent to appeal.
Delgado must stay in jail until the appeal is decided. His trial, which has been delayed twice, is set for July 18.