Ex-DHS official raises red flag over release of illegal immigrants caught with enough fentanyl to kill millions

(Video: Fox News)

Following the reported arrest and release of two alleged illegal immigrants with enough fentanyl to kill millions, a former official from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declared there is no border security and “something really bad is likely gonna happen.”

Former DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary Jonathan Fahey joined “Fox & Friends First” Tuesday to discuss the border crises with co-hosts Carley Shimkus and Johnny “Joey” Jones. He initially reacted to a report out of Tulare County, California where two suspects had been arrested and booked on charges of possession, transportation and selling of illegal drugs when they had been pulled over at a traffic stop with 150,000 fentanyl pills only to be released two days later.

“On one hand if they were illegal immigrants with fentanyl they should have been held to be deported by ICE after the end of their case, that would be one reason to prevent them from being released,” Fahey said. “But, to have that amount of fentanyl that could kill so many people, and we know that it is killing so many people, and it just shows…a lack of seriousness that, not only this administration but, certain prosecutors throughout this country are taking toward this deadly drug epidemic that’s the worst our country has ever seen.”

The Tulare County Sheriff’s office had reported that Jose Zendejas, 25, and Benito Madrigal, 19, both of Washington, CA, were arrested Friday with 150 packages of 1,000 fentanyl pills in each. At an estimated $5 per pill, the drug bust amounted to a value of $750,000 that could potentially kill several million people.

Sheriff Boudreaux provided an update Monday explaining that a court order called for their release on their own recognizance that he strongly disagreed with “as a matter of public safety.”

“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 official explained.

With the recent withdrawal of Harris County, TX Sheriff Ed Gonzalez from consideration to be director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fahey stated, “this administration doesn’t care about enforcing immigration law.”

“DHS, Border Patrol is essentially acting like a concierge service for the illegal immigrants once they get here,” he noted as they spread the immigrants across the country to make the problem seem less severe at the border.

(Video: Fox News)

“How can you say that we have national security when our border is that porous and we’re capturing people from Afghanistan?” Jones asked after recounting a recent report that five illegal immigrants had been encountered from the nation.

“We can’t,” Fahey stated before going on to add that anyone could get in.

“If terrorists really want to get through, the Border Patrol is so preoccupied with processing the migrants that are turning themselves in that they could easily just sneak across,” he said.

Experiencing more than 3,000 encounters within 48 hours in south Texas alone, Fahey said it’s only a matter of time before “something really bad is likely gonna happen and it will be preventable and we know it right now and they still won’t do anything about it which makes this just so awful.”


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