The drug epidemic has affected our nations youth the hardest and deaths associated with the use of fentanyl continues to rise.  In New York City, the 49-year-old Manuel Pagan was arrested for having approximately 20,000 M-30 rainbow colored pills but rather than being held in jail until trial, he was released back onto the NYC streets without bail.

Pagan was charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance in the first degree on Friday but Manhattan Judge James Clyne set no bail and let him go until trial.

New York State has made disastrous changes to the criminal justice system, specifically the bail reform laws passed which has taken the power away from judges to set appropriate bail for the cases before them.

In the Pagan case, the city’s Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor was seeking bail to be set at $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond however Judge Clyne let him go on “supervised release” until his next court date on December 15.

Fentanyl usage is extremely dangerous and deadly because it is 50-100 times stronger than morphine.  Fentanyl is often mixed with addictive drugs such as heroin in order to increase the potency. The heroin users don’t release that their drugs have been cut fentanyl and tragically many die because of an overdose.

According to police, many drug dealers target the youth crowd by selling pills strongly resembling candy in every color of the rainbow, which was exactly what Pagan had in his possession, 20,000 pills.

In 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized 10,500 lbs. of fentanyl and this year they have seized over 12,000 lbs.

Fentanyl is pouring into our country from the southern border and because the Biden Administration refuses to secure to secure that border, drug cartels continue to make millions of dollars on the sale of these drugs at the expense of our youth.