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The Califronia Highway Patrol was arrested in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco

California Governor Gavin Newsom is withdrawing California Highway Patrol officers to San Francisco’s Tenderloin District as part of a multi-agency initiative to crack down on outdoor drug trafficking and use.

Since May 30, highway patrol officers have made 100 drug-related arrests, according to CNN reported. In one case, a highway patrol officer arrested a drug dealer who allegedly sold 33 grams of fentanyl, which could have killed 16,500 people.

Local authorities have apprehended 300 suspected drug traffickers since the protocol changes.

Office of Governor Newsom announcement that California Highway Patrol officers have seized enough fentanyl to kill 2.1 million people – three times the population of San Francisco – since officers deployed to the Tenderloin District since May 1.

Additionally, in the first six weeks of the operation, the CHP seized over 957 grams of methamphetamine, 319 grams of cocaine and 31 grams of heroin and made 92 felony arrests, including possession of fentanyl. and illegal possession of firearms. , driving under the influence and domestic violence.

However, according to prosecutor Brooke Jenkins, elected in 2022, many of those arrested for drug trafficking and use are released on the streets as soon as their case is filed. she said they had taken steps to hold 200 of the most serious offenders pending trial. However, judges remanded only 17 of those charged, leaving the rest to return to the streets.

“I’m not going to take responsibility when my prosecutors step in and argue that these people should remain in custody,” Jenkins told CNN. “The judges are not doing their part and that needs to be exposed.”

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While overall crime is down 1 percent from the same period ending in 2022, drug offenses are up 36 percent, according to the report. San Francisco Standard reported.

While the authorities release most of those accused of drug trafficking and consumption; the prison population hit 1,000 for the first time in years last month. Authorities are now discussing whether to reopen a prison that was closed three years ago because it was “seismically dangerous, outdated and in poor condition”.

Some have called the arrests made for open drug use a simple bandage for the epidemic.

“We cannot fill prisons with people to fuel the political agendas of a few politicians,” said Diana Block, a member of the No New SF Jails Coalition. Standard. “We refuse to back down on the progress we in San Francisco have been fighting for for years. »

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