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BACK ON THE STREETS: Mexican Drug Traffickers Caught in NYC with $1.2M in Meth are Released

posted by Hannity Staff - 7.12.22

Can any crime keep you in jail in New York City?

According to a report from The New York Post, two suspected Mexican drug-cartel smugglers were arrested in New York City with $1.2 million dollars worth of crystal meth —but they were released thanks to the city’s soft-on-crime policies.

“The two California men, Luis Estrada and Carlos Santos, were allegedly caught red-handed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration as part of a multi-agency investigation,” the Post reports. “Yet frustrated agents had to stand by and watch as the suspects were cut loose on just supervised release, the federal agency said.”

The Post continues: “That’s because the two men could only be charged with second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as opposed to a narcotic, under the state’s outdated drug laws, authorities said. And the rap does not qualify for bail according to the Empire State’s soft-on-crime 2019 bail-reform measures, they said.”

“This is a serious problem,” said New York City Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan to The Post. “The failure to include methamphetamine crimes among bail-eligible offenses was probably an oversight.”

“At the time the bail laws were changed, New York City was not a distribution hub for methamphetamine. Now it is, and we are unable to even ask for bail, even if we arrest someone with no ties to the city and a load worth millions of dollars,” Brennan said.

“I hope that when legislators are better informed they will make a change,” she added.

“Under current New York State law, neither man could be charged with a bail eligible offense,” said a joint statement from Brennan’s office, the DEA and Nassau County District Attorney’s Office.

“Methamphetamine is categorized as a controlled substance, but not a narcotic drug. Regardless of the amount of methamphetamine involved, and regardless of a defendant’s lack of connections to New York State, under current law judges may not set bail on cases involving the possession of only methamphetamine.”

Methamphetamine seizures in New York are up 1300% since 2021

Continue reading over at The New York Post:

 

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