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Ex-deputy sentenced on drug charge

Official caught in narcotics sting at Pitchess Detention Center receives 4 years; 2 others get time

Posted: August 3, 2010 10:04 p.m.
Updated: August 4, 2010 4:30 a.m.

An “aggressive” undercover probe by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department led to the arrest, conviction and sentencing of three people, including a former sheriff’s deputy, trying to smuggle drugs into the North County Correctional Facility, a spokesman says.

Peter Paul Felix, 27, who worked as a sheriff’s deputy for two years, pleaded no contest Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court to the charge of possession for sale of a controlled substance.

He was then led from the downtown courtroom in handcuffs.

“This is not widespread,” said department spokesman Steve Whitmore, regarding drugs being smuggled into jails.

“It is an anomaly,” he said. “You’ll notice he was only two years on the job. It’s a shame.

“But, we went undercover on this and aggressively investigated it, to bring this to justice,” Whitmore explained. “He’s going to prison for four years.”

The undercover operation led to Felix’s arrest in October 2008 after he was caught trying to bring 161.5 grams of heroin, 24.4 grams of methamphetamine and 51.5 grams of marijuana into the North County Correctional Facility, one of four facilities at the Pitchess Dentention Center.

Two other people were sentenced in connection with the same case, said a spokeswoman at the District Attorney’s office.
Superior Court Judge James Bianco sentenced Terance Anthony Warner, 28, to two years in prison. Warner was an inmate at Pitchess who had arranged for Felix to deliver the drugs.

He, too, pleaded no contest to the charge of possession for sale of a controlled substance.

A third person charged in the case, Monique Ciara Garcia, 22, also pleaded no contest to the same charge and was sentenced to two years in state prison on June 23.

Pitchess Detention Center Captain Bondell L. Golden told The Signal on Tuesday that precautions are ongoing to stop drugs ending up behind bars.

“Drugs coming into the center happens sometimes with visitors coming through the visitors center,” she said. “We have the narco dog going through the visitor’s center. We do that periodically, and every now and then you can catch people off guard.
“They arrive thinking it’s their lucky day and then, it’s not.”

The four jail facilities at Pitchess make up Los Angeles County’s largest jail complex.



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