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Stockade Deli owner released on $50K bond

Stockade Deli owner released on $50K bond

Rayen Hussein, who police and federal prosecutors have identified as the father of the late Rayen Puleski, will not have to undergo home detention.
Stockade Deli owner released on $50K bond
Rayen Hussein
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ALBANY — Rayen Hussein, part-owner of the Stockade Deli, has been released from jail on $50,000 bond, according to court documents. 

Hussein is facing charges that accuse him of leading a conspiracy to sell synthetic marijuana out of the deli. He was arrested on Aug. 17, after a DEA raid.

His initial attempt to be released from custody was challenged because he tried to use his ownership of the Scotia Village Market to secure bond. The agreement was rejected because that business, according to federal prosecutors, was used to manufacture the illegal drug, according to court documents.

Hussein has been identified by police as the father of Rayen Puleski, an infant whose body was found on Aug. 9 behind an apartment building at 766 State St. in Schenectady. Rayen's mother, Heaven Puleski, is in jail on charges related to the infant's death, though police have not determined how Rayen died.

According to Luibrand, Hussein was held after his initial bail hearing in Albany County Correctional Facility. 

On Aug. 24, a property at 2 First Ave., in Albany, was put forth by owner Khalid Kassim to secure Hussein's release, according to court documents. Luibrand refused to explain Kassim's relationship to Hussein, beyond saying he is not a relative.

The building is also home to the Kwik Shop Deli & Grocery, which was damaged by fire in 2015. Kassim gave interviews to local news media in the aftermath of that fire.

Hussein will have to wear a patch to monitor for controlled substances during his release and must surrender his American and Yemeni passports to federal authorities, documents federal prosecutors said were seized during the DEA raid.

In court proceedings, federal prosecutors and Luibrand indicated Hussein's only remaining immediate family members abroad are his mother, in Egypt, and one of his sisters, in Yemen. The rest have all immigrated to the United States and reside in California and New York.

Hussein must also restrict his travel to the Northern District of New York but will not have to undergo home detention or electronic monitoring.

In an interview Tuesday, Luibrand confirmed his client's release but continued to dispute that he was the father of Rayen Puleski, saying federal prosecutors only identified Hussein as the father because of a Daily Gazette report. Luibrand also said he has not been contacted by authorities regarding the disappearance and death of Rayen Puleski.

Hussein's next court appearance depends on whether an indictment will be handed down by a grand jury.

Reach Daily Gazette reporter Jake Lahut at 518-322-2358, [email protected] or @JakeLahut on Twitter.

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