Six suspected drug traffickers charged with possession of $7 million worth of the deadly drug fentanyl were arrested in the Bronx this week then subsequently released under New York’s new bail guidelines.
“The suspects — Livo Valdez, Jaslin Baldera, Frederick Baldera, Frandi Ledema, Diego Tejada and Parfraimy Antonio — were arrested Monday when officers with the New York Drug Enforcement Task Force raided an apartment on Sedgwick Avenue in Kingsbridge that was allegedly used as a heroin and fentanyl packaging mill,” reports the New York Post.
“The drugs, which have a street value of about $7 million, were believed to be headed onto the streets of New York and New England, the prosecutor’s office said. Lab results on the drugs were pending Wednesday morning,” adds the Post. “Despite the volume of the drugs seized, all six suspects were cut loose at their arraignments in Manhattan Criminal Court on Wednesday morning.”
“None of the defendants are eligible for bail,” said Assistant District Attorney Michael Di Paolo.
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Source: New York Post
NYC CRIME WAVE: Robberies UP 32%, Car Theft 61%, Burglaries 18%, NYPD Chief Blames Bail Law
New York City residents were left fuming in the early weeks of 2020 following a massive spike in crime, with the NYPD Commissioner publicly blaming new bail laws on the uptick of felonies across the Big Apple.
“A sharp rise in citywide crime since 2020 began was sparked by New York’s new bail reform laws, which took away a judge’s discretion to hold repeat and possibly violent offenders behind bars,” reports the New York Post.
“In the first three weeks of this year, we’re seeing significant spikes in crime. So either we forgot how to police New York City, or there’s a correlation,” said Chief Dermot Shea.
“If you let out individuals that commit a lot of crime, that’s precision policing in reverse and we’re seeing the effects in a very quick time, and that is why we’re so concerned,” he added.
Statistics show a 32% uptick in robbers, 61% increase in car theft, and an 18% jump in burglaries since the New Year.
“People say it just took effect you can’t have consequences already. Take a look at the comp stat,” Shea fumed.
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CRISIS AVERTED? Lawyers Say ‘ISIS Material’ Found on Airline Worker Who Allegedly Sabotaged a Jetliner
A federal judge denied bail this week to an American Airlines employee who allegedly tried to sabotage a commercial jet; citing new evidence the man had “ISIS material” on his phone at the time of his arrest.
“U.S. Magistrate Judge Chris McAliley imposed pretrial detention for 60-year-old Abdul-Majeed Marouf Ahmed Alani at Wednesday’s hearing. The new evidence presented by prosecutors includes that Alani has a brother in Iraq who may be involved with the Islamic State extremist group as well as statements Alani made about wishing harm on non-Muslims,” reports NBC Miami.
Federal judge cites new evidence of potential terrorism sympathies in denying bail for mechanic charged with sabotaging American Airlines jetliner in Miami: https://t.co/VgsoHApdwa
— NBC 6 South Florida (@nbc6) September 18, 2019
“FEDERAL COURT UPDATE: ISIS propaganda video found on phone of mechanic accused of sabotaging flight at MIA, prosecutors say,” posted ABC Miami on social media.
FEDERAL COURT UPDATE: ISIS propaganda video found on phone of mechanic accused of sabotaging flight at MIA, prosecutors say https://t.co/ZBqguHYNHU
— WPLG Local 10 News (@WPLGLocal10) September 18, 2019
“Alani is charged with sabotaging a Boeing 737 with 150 people aboard at Miami International Airport because ongoing labor negotiations were jeopardizing his chances at earning overtime,” adds NBC. “The aircraft did not take off and no one was injured.”
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