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Details Emerge as Alleged Members of 'Eddie Block Gang' Appear in Court

By Kerry Longobucco.
Some of the alleged gang members arrested in Tuesday's drug raids appeared in federal court this afternoon. They each had a chance to make their case for bail.

Theodore Cook, 27, Anthony Boyd Jr., 24, Izabivone Hughes, 22, and Aalim Shabazz, 23 -- all allegedly members of the 'Eddie Block Gang' -- were in court to waive their right to an immediate hearing.

Their co-defendant, Rashawn Cauthen, 24, was also there. His attorney said Cauthen should be a candidate for the Home Incarceration Program, or HIP, saying the man isn't a flight risk -- as he has strong ties to the Binghamton area.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric called Cauthen a danger to the community. Lovric said Cauthen has confessed to the FBI, on videotape, about the role he and others played in the drug trafficking scheme -- and admitted to carrying firearms during sales. He's also been arrested twice in the past for violent crimes.

The judge said she's not convinced Cauthen is a good fit for the program -- but that she's willing to give him a shot. He will remain incarcerated for the next 30 days before the judge makes her decision.

The four men who waived their bail hearing today still have the right to argue for bail in the future. All nine defendants are currently behind bars in the Chenango and Delaware County jails.