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Bronx suspects arrested with $7 million worth of fentanyl and heroin released without bail, per NY’s new pro-criminal law

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Update: The six suspects arrested in a major drug bust in the Bronx have been released without bail, per New York’s new criminal justice law. The suspects were arrested after federal agents found approximately 7 million dollars worth of fentanyl and heroin.

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Chelsia Rose Marcius
New York Daily News

Six people allegedly connected to a massive Bronx drug ring were busted after federal agents found millions of dollars worth of heroin and fentanyl scattered on tables, boxes and bins in a Kingsbridge apartment, officials said Tuesday.

Law enforcement members from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s New York task force and investigators from the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor recovered about 750,000 glassine envelops stuffed with heroin and fentanyl at 2559 Sedgwick Ave. — a suspected narcotics packaging mill. The haul was worth an estimated $7 million.

Livo Valdez, Jaslin Baldera, Frederick Baldera, Frandi Ledema, Diego Tejada and Pafraimy Antonio were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminally using drug paraphernalia. Their arraignments were expected in Manhattan Criminal Court Tuesday night, officials said.

“I want to commend our NYPD officers and partners in the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor for their dedicated work together to make these arrests and take these dangerous drugs off the streets,” said NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea.

According to officials, envelopes were scattered across two table tops, and piled up in plastic bins and cardboard boxes throughout the apartment. Agents also found a glass table, desk lamps, a scale, grinders, empty glassine envelopes, small spoons, an ink bottle, ink pads and stamps in the vicinity — equipment typically found in a heroin and fentanyl mill, officials said.

The recovered narcotics were being lab tested to determine their exact makeup, authorities said. Officials believe the drugs were destined for New York City 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,” said Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan. “The arrests of six individuals, and seizure of 750,000 drug-filled envelopes…underscore New York City’s role as a hub for mass distribution of deadly drugs.”

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