‘Appalling’! Six suspects in massive fentanyl bust released without bail in NYC

(Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of NY)

Thanks reportedly to New York’s widely panned bail reform measures, six drug dealers who were arrested Monday on allegations of trying to push $7 million worth of the deadly opioids fentanyl and heroin onto the streets of New York and New England are now free.

“Charges say that at 7:25 p.m. on Jan. 27, investigators executed a court-authorized search warrant of the [suspects’] apartment, where they allegedly found the six defendants in the middle of packaging powder-filled glassine envelopes stamped with the brand ‘Fire’ into bundles,” AM New York Metro initially reported following the dealers’ arrests.

“The search also allegedly uncovered hundreds of thousands of glassine envelopes, which covered two tabletops and overflowed from plastic bins and cardboard boxes on the floor and a bed, a glass table, desk lamps, a scale, grinders, empty glassine envelopes, small spoons, an ink bottle, ink pads and stamps.”

Local officials were stunned by what the authorities found.

“The sheer volume of heroin and fentanyl packages assembled in a small apartment just off the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx is shocking,” New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan said in a statement.

“Even veteran narcotics investigators were surprised by the output of this packaging operation, which was run out of a nondescript apartment in the borough afflicted by the city’s highest rate of overdose death.”

The suspects — Livo Valdez, Jaslin Baldera, Frederick Baldera, Frandi Ledema, Diego Tejada and Pafraimy Antonio — were subsequently charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and the criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

Yet upon being arraigned in the Manhattan Criminal Court early Wednesday morning, all six suspects were released allegedly as per the state’s bail reform measures.

“None of the defendants are eligible for bail,” Assistant District Attorney Michael Di Paolo said during their arrangement, according to the New York Post.

But why would they not be eligible for bail? Likely because of disastrous state-wide measures that were signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year.

“Starting in January, judges across New York will have less discretion when a defendant first appears,” Spectrum News warned at the time.

There’s no more cash bail for most misdemeanor and nonviolent felony arrests. The list includes criminally negligent homicide and unlawful imprisonment. If you’re accused of one of those crimes you’ll be issued an appearance ticket. The expectation is you’ll go back to court for your next court date instead of possibly sitting and waiting in jail.”

And apparently, pushing deadly drugs that kill tens of thousands of Americans yearly and ruin the lives of countless more doesn’t count. Nor do the litany of crimes listed below by the Oneida City Police Benevolent Association:

As of January 1st – the list of laws one WONT get held on bail for in New York!!
(Which basically means that the police…

Posted by Oneida City Police Benevolent Association – PBA on Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The only restriction that the suspects face is that they were “ordered them to turn over their passports, as a number of them have connections to the Dominican Republic,” according to the Post. Other than that, they’re free as a bird.

These six aren’t the first — nor will they likely be the last — to benefit from the state’s bail reform measures.

Last month, days before the bail reform measures even formally went into effect, officials in one New York town released an illegal alien suspect whose actions had led to the death of a mother of three.

And as of this week, a suspected two-time bank robber is not only free but now on the run as well thanks again to the state’s bail reform measures.

“He’s out there, somewhere, able to commit another crime,” Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder reportedly said of the suspected bank robber.

“It’s insane when you think who we’re letting out of jail. It has nothing to do with justice reform. We’re not protecting the victims, and we’ve swung the pendulum way too far.”

While criticism against the measures has been pouring in for months now, the latest results have only compounded the public’s anger.


Meanwhile, the Trump administration has been working hard, and making progress, in the fight against the opioid epidemic:


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