New York’s ‘Bail Reform’ Allows Release of Illegal Alien After $7 Million Fentanyl Bust

New York’s recently enacted “bail reform” law, which mandates that the state release without bail those arrested for crimes ranging from manslaughter to vehicular homicide to grand larceny, has already had devastating consequences.

Sunday, it was blamed for the release of a convicted and registered sex offender, who was caught prowling outside a nursery school.

It also allowed an illegal alien who killed a woman after hitting her with his car to walk free while he awaits trial, giving him plenty of time to flee justice and return to his native homeland.


According to U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE), the scheme cooked up by New York’s leftist legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) also sprung an illegal alien from jail after he was arrested as part of a $7 million fentanyl bust.

“A 25-year-old illegally present Dominican national previously charged with participating in a $7M fentanyl ring was arrested Feb. 27 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) after being released from custody without bail, as a result of New York State’s recently enacted Bail Reform Act,” an ICE press release said.

Fentanyl is a deadly narcotic, much of which is produced in China, that is 50 times stronger than heroin.

ICE said that Livio Alexander Valdez Zabala, who entered the United States last March on a nonimmigrant visitor’s visa that expired in September and never left the country — as is the case with half of America’s immigration visa recipients — was arrested in New York and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance and criminal use of drug paraphernalia.

However, he was released from custody without bail, because drug possession is another crime for which one cannot be held on bail in New York.

New York is also a “sanctuary state,” meaning that local law enforcement was barred from alerting federal immigration authorities about the suspect’s arrest and subsequent release.

“It’s incomprehensible that someone who was arrested for participating in a drug ring worth over $7 million dollars would be released back into the community instead of collaborating with ICE to keep the city safe,” said Thomas R. Decker, ERO’c field office director in New York.

“Valdez Zabala is an illegal alien who was arrested for multiple criminal charges, and before ERO could lodge a detainer, he was released due to laws implemented to protect criminals. ICE operates in the interest of public safety, and it is clear that New York politicians do not operate in the interest of their constituents’ safety,” he continued.

ICE arrested Valdez Zabala, who is currently in immigration custody pending removal proceedings.

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