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Two Dominicans arrested in El Bronx apartment with heroin and fentanyl valued at seven million

Diego Tejada and Parfraimy Antonio, two of the six accused of trafficking in heroin and fentanyl valued at seven million in the Bronx, who were released based on the new bail law.

BRONX, NEW YORK. –  Agents of the Special Anti-Narcotics Prosecutor and city police arrested several Dominicans on Monday in an apartment where they allegedly maintained a heroin and fentanyl laboratory in the Bronx valued at seven million dollars.

The suspects are Livio Valdez, Jaslin Baldera, Frederick Baldera, Frandi Ledesma, Diego Tejada and Antonio Parfraimy, who are accused of criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

But based on the new criminal justice law, they were released without bail Wednesday morning.

The six were arrested Monday when agents of the New York Drug Control Task Force raided an apartment on Sedgwick Avenue in the Kingsbridge neighborhood of The Bronx, which was allegedly used as a heroin laboratory and packaging factory fentanyl

When officers entered the apartment, they saw the six suspects grouping dust-filled glass envelopes with the word “Fire,” the narcotics prosecutor’s office said in a statement issued Wednesday.

Hundreds of thousands of envelopes packed with dust spread on two tables and in packed boxes inside the apartment, authorities said.

It is believed that the drugs, which have a street value of approximately $ 7 million, would be distributed on the streets of New York and New England, the prosecutor said.

Despite the volume of drugs seized, the six suspects were released in the Manhattan Criminal Court.

“None of the defendants are eligible for bail,” deputy district attorney Michael Di Paolo said at the charge reading hearing.

The judge ordered them to hand over their passports, since five of them have connections with the Dominican Republic and all must return to court on February 27.

His lawyers argued that none of the defendants have a criminal record and pointed out that the relatives of the suspects were present in court to support them.

The relatives of the accused, waved their hands in victory after the judge set them free.

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