Drug charges were reduced Monday against the man who filmed the death of Eric Garner after prosecutors said he only sold fake MDMA to an undercover cop.
Ramsey Orta, 23, had been arrested Tuesday for allegedly selling drugs on the Lower East Side.
After his collar, lab tests revealed Orta was not in possession of illegal drugs — but prosecutors aren’t throwing in the towel, and have charged him with petty larceny.
“From my training and experience, I know that the defendant’s actions are of a kind commonly used to defraud of money through a trick or swindle,” Police Officer Richard Mclees said in court papers.
Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Louis Nock reduced his bail from $15,000 bond or $7,500 cash to $8,000 bond or $4,000 cash.
Supporters of Orta were expecting to post cash bail Monday afternoon in exchange for his release.
Orta had been facing felony drug sale charges, but has now been slapped with misdemeanor charges for allegedly stealing money in the bogus drug deal and with selling the “imitation controlled substance.”
New court papers also include possession of stolen property and fraudulent accosting counts.
Source: New York Daily News |