Drug dealers arrested in California with 150,000 fentanyl pills released after days in jail


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Two California drug dealers who were arrested last week for being in possession of 150,000 fentanyl tablets – enough to kill millions – have been released onto the streets, officials said.

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, both of Washington, were arrested Friday during a traffic stop turned drug deal in Tulare. They were incarcerated in the Tulare County Remand Center for possessing, transporting and selling illegal drugs, officials said.

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were discovered with 150 packages each containing 1,000 fentanyl tablets during a traffic stop in California on Friday, authorities said.
(Tulare County Sheriff’s Office)

In a surprising turn of events, the two inmates were released days later.

“The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office has received a court order to release the two suspects on their own responsibility,” officials said.

WASHINGTON MEN ARRESTED IN CALIFORNIA WITH 150,000 FENTANYL PILLS DURING TRAFFIC STOP

The total market value of the 150,000 pills was estimated at 0,000, according to the sheriff's office.

The total market value of the 150,000 pills was estimated at $750,000, according to the sheriff’s office.
(Tulare County Sheriff’s Office)

“All inmates incarcerated in Tulare County jails undergo what is called the risk assessment process through the Tulare County Probation Department. This ‘risk assessment’ is then sent to a judge of the court, who then determines whether or not the arrested person is held on bond or should be released,” the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office added.

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Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said he strongly disagreed with the decision to release the traffickers, citing public safety concerns, but said his office was forced to comply with the court order.

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were discovered with 150 packages each containing 1,000 fentanyl tablets during a traffic stop in Tulare County, California on Friday, authorities said.

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were discovered with 150 packages each containing 1,000 fentanyl tablets during a traffic stop in Tulare County, California on Friday, authorities said.
(Tulare County Sheriff’s Office)

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Investigators seized 150 packages containing 1,000 fentanyl tablets each, enough to potentially kill several million people. Authorities help each pill sell for around $5, meaning the bust fetched around $750,000 worth of killer drugs.

Fox News’ Bill Melugin contributed to this report.


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