GOP congressman: California releasing two arrested with allegedly 150k fentanyl pills 'unfathomable'

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were arrested Friday for possession of 150,000 fentanyl pills and were released days later

Updated: June 29, 2022 - 4:07pm

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GOP Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick says a California county court having releasing suspected drug traffickers allegedly in possession of 150,000 fentanyl pills is "unfathomable."

Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, were arrested Friday in Tulare County for allegedly possessing the fentanyl.

County Court Commissioner Mikki Verissimo ordered their release just days after their arrest.

Fitzpatrick, a former FBI special agent, said the alleged drug traffickers should be in jail for life.

"This is unfathomable," he posted on social media. "Two drug dealers are caught in CA with enough fentanyl to kill millions of American children, and they are released on their own recognizance? My God."

He continued: Pre-trial release is only warranted if an individual poses no risk of flight and no danger to the community. These men pose both. Every American parent should be outraged at this woke infiltration of our justice system. Fentanyl is a weapon of mass destruction and these two men should be in jail for the rest of their lives."

Fentanyl is a powerful and high-addictive synthetic opioid similar to morphine but more potent. It can be prescribed as a medicine and manufactured illegally.

Synthetic opioids including fentanyl are now the most common drugs involved in U.S. drug overdose deaths, according to the federal government.

Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux also disagrees with the defendants release, according to Fox News.

"This drug is brought in from China. It's produced in Mexico and brought across our border," he said. "This has nothing to do with an immigration issue. This has to do with the security and protection of our country. And because this fentanyl is clearly coming across our open border, we need to secure those borders."

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