Two Illegal immigrants reportedly caught with enough fentanyl to kill millions released in California

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A pair of drug traffickers from Washington was shockingly released just two days after being busted in California with a stunning 150,000 fentanyl pills in their possession, which is enough to kill millions of Americans.

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were arrested during a traffic stop that morphed into a drug bust in Tulare on Friday. They were booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on charges of possession, transportation, and selling of illegal drugs, according to Fox News.

Tulare County High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Unit investigators were called to a traffic stop that occurred just before 7:30 p.m. near Highway 99 outside of Tulare, about three hours north of Los Angeles, according to the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office. The drugs were hidden in the suspects’ vehicle.

“The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office received a court order to release both suspects from custody on their own recognizance,” officials unbelievably stated.

“All inmates booked into Tulare County jails are sent through what is known as the Risk Assessment Process through the Tulare County Probation Department. That ‘Risk Assessment’ is then sent to a judge with the court, who, then, determines whether or not the individual arrested is held on bail or if they are to be released,” The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office commented in a head-shaking development.

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux is not happy with the decision to let the traffickers go. He understandably has safety concerns for the public but is being forced to comply with the court order.

Agents seized 150 packages of fentanyl with 1,000 pills in each of them. Each pill potentially sells for $5, netting about $750,000 for the deadly haul.

Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that “is approximately 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin as an analgesic,” according to the Department of Justice’s Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

This incident follows two other massive fentanyl busts over the last week. In one of them, Border Patrol agents seized enough product to kill roughly two million people.

Agents in the El Centro border sector searched the vehicle at a highway checkpoint and found six packages concealed inside the car’s dashboard and air vents, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The male driver, 53, and the female passenger, 27, in the car were both from Mexico and were in the U.S. illegally.

The seizure netted 4.2 kilograms of fentanyl and 2.1 kilograms of heroin. The DEA contends that one kilogram of fentanyl could kill 500,000 people. Using that approximation, the amount of fentanyl seized had the potential to kill around 2.1 million people. The combined street worth of the drugs was $189,200, according to the CBP.

“Cross-border trafficking of fentanyl kills thousands of American citizens each year, and I am proud of our Indio Agents for their efforts in countering those who are bringing harmful drugs into the United States,” Chief Patrol Agent Gregory Bovino said in a statement.

In the second incident, officers seized enough fentanyl to kill over 12 million individuals according to The Daily Caller. That bust went down at the Calexico West Port of Entry. The haul weighed 54.85 pounds and had an estimated street value of $658,200.

These incidents are not outliers. Enough fentanyl to kill many millions over is reportedly being seized almost weekly on the border.

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