As a devastating opioid epidemic continues to ravage American communities and take countless lives, New York’s criminal justice system seems to have decided that it doesn’t consider the pre-trial detention of those charged with peddling the drugs to be necessary.
Six drug dealers accused of running a massive $7 million fentanyl drug ring from a Bronx apartment were released from jail before their trials on Wednesday, without having to pay a cent in bail. The men will avoid having to pay bail in accordance with New York’s new bail reform laws, that restrict the use of surety bonds for criminal defendants in all but the most grave criminal cases.
Livo Valdez, Jaslin Baldera, Frederick Baldera, Frandi Ledema, Diego Tejada and Parfraimy Antonio were arrested on Monday when police officers raided their heroin and fentanyl packaging ring.
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