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NYC Judge lets criminal possessing 20k rainbow fentanyl pills free without bail

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49-year-old Manuel Pagan was arrested for possessing 20 thousand fentanyl pills that were rainbow colored, rumored to attract children.

Pagan is already back on the streets thanks, released without bail, thanks to the New York state’s criminal justice reform reform bill which passed in 2019 and took action in 2020.

The law makes first-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance a bailable offense. The crimes that are not bailable include aggravated assault on a person less than 11 years old, aggravated vehicular homicide, third- and fourth-degree arson, and promoting a sexual performance by a child.

Fox News reports:

Pagan faces two felony counts – one for criminal possession of narcotics with distribution intent, and the other for possessing more than 8 ounces of narcotics. The latter is considered a first-degree class-A felony, and the former is a class-B felony…

…The New York Post reported that the city’s Office of the Special Narcotics prosecutor overseeing the case requested Pagan be held on $100,000 cash bail, or $250,000 bond at his arraignment.

Instead, Manhattan Judge James Clyne released Pagan without bail.

Clyne ordered supervised release for Pagan, which requires him to meet certain conditions like check-ins, but he is free to “roam the streets,” as the Post put it.

Pagan’s next court date is scheduled for Dec. 15 at 9 a.m.

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FBI warns Venezuelan, other foreign gangs ‘exploiting migratory surge’ at U.S. border

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Venezuelan officials warn that the leader of the Tren de Aragua gang escaped from prison last year and could be hiding in the United States. The Venezuelan gang is exploiting the migratory surge at the United States border, and the FBI warns it is likely making alliances with the violent Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).

According to veteran FBI agent John Morales, a special agent in charge of the El Paso division in Texas, amidst the growing violence in the United States, MS-13 and other dangerous gangs could form a temporary alliance.

“Although these gangs normally do not mix, it will always be a concern as the [Tren de Aragua] band grows stronger and establishes a foothold,” Morales explained. “At this moment, we are working with our local law enforcement partners and sharing intelligence to stop the growth of the Tren de Aragua.”

Members of these two criminal groups have been detected in U.S. cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Chicago, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Immigration officials say that criminals are illegally remaining in the U.S. after they are released from immigration detention centers, committing violent crimes, including murders.

Between October 2022 and September 2023, Border Patrol agents detained 41 members of the Tren de Aragua along the southern border, and now FBI agents are asking Venezuelan migrants to report gang members in exchange for witness protection and temporary visas.

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