Investigator Judge Lauren Louis, after a three-hour hearing in Miami Federal Court, has denied bail before the trial for Cuban music promoter Boris Arencibia, who was arrested at the end of January by several federal agents, reported The New Herald.
Louis reckons the promoter, 50 years old, has “connections to Cuba” that present “a serious flight risk.”. “He can use it to get back there if he gets bail,” he said. In August 2023, Boris Arencibia will be the main organizer of the controversial surrounding Santa Maria Music Fest on a beach in the northern keys of the island.
Frank Quintero, Arencibia’s defense attorney, insisted on the decision to appeal Louis’ decision before federal district judge Darrin Gayles. As specified, seeking to show that his client worked for a private company and not directly for the Cuban government when he organized the festival, he introduced The New Herald.
Quintero also considered that the festival does not constitute a violation of the US embargo on Cuba. The fact that it finally focused on Arencibia’s production at the music festival in Cuba surprised everyone, because it was not one of the most important topics discussed in the hearing about his arrest.
According to a Miami media report, the two parties discussed whether two trips made by Arencibia to Cuba in 1998 and 2016 suggest a potential flight risk ifs on bail before the trial. According to judicial evidence, the accused obtained legal documents for the first tripbut none for the second.
The two parties also discussedncibia’s involvement in two fights in bars in Miami inn 2018 and 2023. These events, although not conclusive, show that the Cuban businessman poses a danger to the community, inin the opinion of Judge Lauren Louis.
Boris Arencibia was arrested on January 26 by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and charged by the federal government withth participatingng in the multi-million-dollar trafficking operation of stolen drugs and money laundering.
The controversial music promoter is is facing charges of conspiracy to deliver adulterated medications and misleading information. For these charges, he could receive a sentence of up to 40 years in prison.
The promoter of artists such as the American Tekashi 6ix9ine and boxers such as the Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux, since 2013 controls the Quality Supplement Distributors corporation, which is used for the distribution of medicines.
According to the court document, the Cuban businessman is accused, along, with other people and corporations, of creating companies for the wholesale trade of drugsin order to take drugs that are not illegal and change the documentation to sell them again.
Arencibia, who is a seven-time Cuban judo champion. He left a sports delegation from the island while participating in a competition in Puerto Rico in 1993.