Sheriff ‘Infuriated’ After Suspects Arrested with 150,000 Fentanyl Pills Are Released

A California court approved the release of two alleged drug traffickers less than a day after they were detained with over 100,000 fentanyl pills, Fox News reported.

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According to KFSN-TV in Fresno, Tulare County law police detained Washington residents Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, after halting their vehicle at Highway 99 and Tulare Avenue at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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The two males were found with 150,000 fentanyl pills in their truck, the station reported. Investigators calculated that the whole amount of drugs the men had would sell for $750,000 in street value, according to KSFN.

The males were then put into the Tulare County Pre-trial center on allegations of drug possession, drug transportation, and sale of illicit substances.

However, local law enforcement obtained the court order requiring the men be released 18 hours later, Fox News national correspondent William La Jeunesse told “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday.

Tulare County Court Commissioner Mikki Verissimo ordered the men’s release, according to Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin, said in a Twitter post, noting that Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux was “infuriated” by the order.

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Fox did not report the reasoning for the release.

However, in an interview Tuesday with Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Boudreaux blamed “soft-on-crime” California lawmakers, and said, “California’s system of justice is failing us all.” CONTINUE READING…