BOSTON — The trial of indicted fishing magnate Carlos Rafael and alleged smuggling accomplice Antonio M. Freitas is scheduled for January 2017, which would be nearly a year after federal authorities raided Rafael’s seafood business on New Bedford’s waterfront.

The two defendants’ cases have progressed side by side so far. Neither appeared in U.S. District Court on Wednesday in Boston, where District Court Judge William G. Young scheduled their trial to begin on Jan. 9, 2017, in a brief status conference.

Neither a federal prosecutor nor lawyers for Rafael and Freitas commented afterward.

Rafael, a 64-year-old Dartmouth resident who owns one of the largest commercial fishing operations in the U.S., including scores of New Bedford-based vessels, faces 27 counts on federal charges including conspiracy, false entries and bulk cash smuggling, according to the indictment filed last month.

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Jessica Hathaway is the former editor in chief of National Fisherman.

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