Six Men Allegedly Involved in $7 Million Fentanyl and Heroin Ring in NY Released Without Bail
New York released six drug dealers, who were allegedly running a huge fentanyl and heroin ring out of a Bronx apartment, without bail on Wednesday.
The New York Drug Enforcement Task Force raided the Bronx apartment and arrested Parfraimy Antonio, Jaslin Baldera, Frederick Baldera, Frandi Ledema, Diego Tejada, and Livo Valdez. The men were each charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia.
The apartment was filled with thousands of powder packed envelopes valued at $7 million. The envelopes were all over the place, scattered across two tables, and sitting in plastic bins and cardboard boxes. DEA officers believe the packaged heroin and fentanyl were destined for New York and Massachusetts.
“The sheer volume of heroin and fentanyl packages assembled in a small apartment just off the Major Deegan Expressway in the Bronx is shocking. 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,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget G. Brennan.
“The arrests of six individuals, and seizure of 750,000 drug filled envelopes destined for distribution here and in New England, underscore New York City’s role as a hub for mass distribution of deadly drugs. I thank the Drug Enforcement Task Force and the investigators and prosecutors from the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for their dedication and commitment to preventing lethal drugs from ever reaching our communities,” said Brennan.
On Wednesday, all six men walked out of the Manhattan Criminal Court because none of them were eligible for bail, according to the New York Post.
None of the men had prior criminal records and their family members attended their arraignments, argued their lawyers.
All suspects were set free but had to hand over their passports, as some of them have ties to the Dominican Republic. They are scheduled to appear back in court on February 27.
New York’s bail law went into effect on January 1, 2020, eliminating pretrial detention and cash bail for 90 percent of arrests. Other remaining cases are left for judges to opt for setting cash bail. Cash bail is no longer permitted for most misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies. Judges are required to release individuals charged with misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies with no cash bail, either on their own recognizance or with conditions to ensure the individuals will return for their court appearance such as a pretrial supervisor and text message reminders for court dates.