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Outrage as two men caught with 150,000 illegal fentanyl pills are released one day later

Two suspected drug dealers arrested for possession of 150,000 illegal fentanyl pills during a California traffic jams were released from custody only one day later, officials said.

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, both from Washington, were booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility after being fined $ 750,000 for fentanyl pills.

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released an update announcing that the two had been released a day after their arrest on Saturday – following a court order.

Sheriff Mike Boudreaux’s strongly disagrees’ with the order to release the two men, arguing that it is a public safety issue. He had no say over the court and was forced to comply.

The two men were booked at the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility and released the next day after a court order was issued.

“All inmates in Tulare County prisons are being sent through what is known as the Risk Assessment Process through the Tulare County Probation Department,” police said. That “Risk Assessment” is then sent to a judge with the court, which then determines whether the person arrested is held on bail or when they are released.

Commissioner Mikki Verissimo, who reports to the Tulare County Superior Court, considered the two fit for release.

Tulare’s District Attorney Tim Ward has no comment on the release, but his office says they were not part of the decision process by the Tulare County Probation Department.

The two men will return to court on July 21, according to the DA’s office.

Officials found the two in possession of 150,000 illegal fentanyl pills

Officials found the two in possession of 150,000 illegal fentanyl pills

The couple are both from the state of Washington, but were driving through California at the time of their arrest

The couple are both from the state of Washington, but were driving through California at the time of their arrest

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were arrested in California for possession of $ 750,000 worth of fentanyl pills.

The powerful drug that is stronger than heroin and morphine is a major contributor to fatal overdoses throughout the state, according to the California Department of Public Health.

Fentanyl-related deaths ‘increased at an unpredictable rate in 2020’ with 3,946 overdoses – according to the latest CDPH data.

Fentanyl is currently classified as a Schedule II drug that has a ‘high potential for abuse that could lead to severe psychological or physical dependence’, according to the US Department of Justice.

Currently in the state, possession of fentanyl is simply a crime.

Fentanyl deaths have increased substantially by 2020, says the California Department of Public Health

Fentanyl deaths have increased substantially by 2020, says the California Department of Public Health

Fentanyl deaths have increased substantially by 2020, says the California Department of Public Health

What is fentanyl and why is it so dangerous?

Fentanyl was originally developed in Belgium in the 1950s to help cancer patients manage their pain.

Due to its extreme power, it has become popular among recreational drug users.

Overdose deaths linked to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl jumped from nearly 10,000 in 2015 to nearly 20,000 in 2016 – for the first time surpassing regular opioid painkillers and heroin.

And drug overdoses killed more than 72,000 people in the U.S. in 2017 – a record driven by fentanyl.

It is often added to heroin because it makes the same high as the medicine, with the biologically identical effects. But it can be up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, according to U.S. officials.

In America, fentanyl is classified as a Schedule II drug – indicating that it has a strong potential to be abused and can create psychological and physical dependence.

California lawmakers have warned of the deadly fentanyl crisis that has poisoned young people across the state and demanded harsher punishments.

Earlier this year in April, some state lawmakers sought to pass legislation to establish the possession of two or more grams of fentanyl as a crime. In the same bill, lawmakers proposed to classify fentanyl as a Schedule I drug in addition to meth and heroin – but failed.

If passed, traffickers would have spent 20 years in prison for distributing fentanyl resulting in death.

Both Republicans and Democrats have tried to fight the fentanyl crisis – but some of their peers argue that harsher punishments are not the answer.

In the Democratic state, several District Attorneys have come under fire for their soft-spoken criminal policies.

Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon, who promised to find a different approach to jail time when he was voted into office in 2020, is now facing his second recall.

Gascon has issued several criminal law reforms that lead to dire consequences for crime victims.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva – who has been a persistent critic of Gascon – blames him for the uprising in violent crime.

Villanueva claims that his office has prevented more than 13,000 cases before the DA office that were rejected because they do not fit into Gascon’s criminal policy, Fox News reported.

In San Francisco, progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin was recalled in early June after crime in the city increased.

This year, statistics show that the crime rate has decreased from last year – one of the worst crime years in decades – with the city’s homicide rate going up 11 percent, and rapes up by almost 10 percent.

The city has also suffered from an increase in homelessness and drug use in the open air since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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