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The California duo were released days after the fentanyl pill went bust

Two suspected drug dealers have been released from a California jail just days after they were arrested with 150,000 pills of fentanyl, the angry local sheriff said.

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were arrested during a traffic stop in Tulare County last Friday when authorities allegedly discovered 150,000 pills worth an estimated $750,000 hidden in their vehicle.

The pair were immediately booked into the Tulare County Detention Center for possessing, transporting and selling illegal drugs.

But Zendejas and Madrigal were released of their own accord just days later after a judge gave them a court order.

The 150,000 fentanyl pills found hidden in the vehicle
Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were arrested during a traffic stop in Tulare County last Friday after authorities allegedly discovered the 150,000 pills in their car.
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

The Tulare County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement Monday distancing itself from the decision to allow the two suspected drug dealers back on the streets and saying they felt it was “necessary to clear up any confusion.”

“All inmates admitted to Tulare County Jails are put through what is known as the Risk Assessment Process by the Tulare County Parolees Department,” the statement said.

Jose Zendejas
Jose Zendejas and Benito Madrigal were both committed to the Tulare County Correctional Facility for possessing, transporting and selling illegal drugs.
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office
Benito Madrigal
The couple were released of their own accord just days later after a judge gave them a court order.
Tulare County Sheriff’s Office

“This ‘risk assessment’ is then sent to a judge at the court, who will then decide whether the arrested person should be held on bail or whether they should be released.”

In that case, the sheriff’s office said they received a court order allowing both Zendejas and Madrigal to release themselves from custody.

“Although sheriff [Mike] Boudreaux strongly disagrees with the release of these individuals on grounds of public safety and the court order for their release must be complied with,” the statement said.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/28/california-duo-released-days-after-fentanyl-pill-bust/ The California duo were released days after the fentanyl pill went bust

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