Alleged drug traffickers released from California jail days after caught with 150K illegal fentanyl pills

These two “bad boys” were caught in the possession of illegal Fentanyl tablets and charged with possession, transportation and selling of illegal drugs.  Apparently in CALF, those who are arrested are put thru some “risk assessment” by the county probation dept to evaluate if those arrested, if released on their own recognizance or kept in jail.  Apparently, it was decided that these two “bad boys” did not presented a risk to public safety. Perhaps it was determined that these two “bad boys” would cost the system too much money/time for.. law enforcement, jail, prosecutor, public defender, court cost on what is probably nothing more than a couple of “mules” transporting illegal fentanyl into our country.

It would appear that the DEA did not even bother to become involved with the violation of the Federal Controlled Substance Act.  In reality, the illegal Fentanyl tabs have no financial value, in fact may be more of a financial liability to any part of the bureaucracy that has to deal with these illegal drugs, for the cost of inventorying, storing and destroying the illegal drugs.   Perhaps, these two “mules” were not going to get paid until they delivered the illegal drugs to their final destination.

The traffic stop created a potentially large financial risk to the CALF bureaucracy, if the existing laws were enforced.  The bureaucrats most likely knew that what illegal fentanyl drugs they had seized, was perhaps a very small percentage of these sorts of illegal drugs that actually gets to our streets and these two “bad boys” had no money or assets worth confiscating. So they just turned them back to the street from where they came.

Alleged drug traffickers released from California jail days after caught with 150K fentanyl pills

https://www.ktvu.com/news/alleged-drug-traffickers-released-from-california-jail-days-after-caught-with-150k-fentanyl-pills

Two alleged drug traffickers in California who were arrested last week for being in possession of 150,000 fentanyl pills — enough to kill millions of people — were released back onto the streets, officials said.

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, both from Washington, were arrested during a traffic stop-turned-drug bust in Tulare last Friday. They were booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility on charges of possession, transportation and selling of illegal drugs, officials said.

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

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

“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 added.

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

Investigators seized 150 packages with 1,000 fentanyl pills in each – enough to potentially kill several million people. Officials aid each pill sells for about $5 – meaning the bust netted about $750,000 worth of deadly drugs.

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  1. Yet doctors who have dared to help chronic pain patients have their assets seized and are sent to prison for decades. Infuriating.

    • All prescribers have to do before the “DEA vultures” start circling… is to create irrevocable trusts and transfer all their assets into them… technically, they become penniless – when it come to the DEA or other parts of our judicial system trying to use the Civil Asset Forfeiture act to confiscate their assets. Yet the irrevocable trust can furnish payments for anything the presriber & family needs to pay day to day expenses. They will also have the money to pay for a top notch law firm to defend any actions by the DEA… if they even come after prescriber because they have no assets for them to confiscate. If anyone notices, the DEA typically goes after 50 +y/o prescriber because no student loans, no house loans, kids already thru college… has a nice “nest egg” for retirement, and other assets that the DEA can confiscate and liquidate and put the monies in their coffer for day to day operations that Congress does not fund.

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