Even though New York’s criminal law does not specifically authorize the use of outside contractors to monitor wiretapped conversations, a state appellate court has refused to upset a drug trafficker’s guilty plea and 20- years-to-life sentence. The defendant claimed evidence seized after his cell phone was tapped should have been suppressed.

The Appellate Division, First Department, yesterday in People v. Wilfredo Schery unanimously affirmed Mr. Schery’s 1996 conviction of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree.

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