The hustle never stops. Luis Alfonso Felix-Hernandez was convicted today of charges that he continued his drug trafficking operations from within prison walls. Using a cell phone, Luis Felix-Hernandez directed his drug trafficking organization while imprisoned for drug trafficking charges stemming from a previous DEA investigation.
“This investigation clearly demonstrates the extraordinary lengths criminals go through to continue their illicit activities and profit from victimizing our communities,” said Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge, DEA Phoenix Division. “DEA and our law enforcement friends at all levels will never relent in our quest to protect our neighborhoods from the scourge of drug abuse and addiction.”
A join investigation by the DEA, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and Mesa Police Department uncovered Felix-Hernandez’s continued drug trafficking from within prison confines. Combining resources and investigative efforts, the agencies further confirmed his brother, Josue Benjamin Felix-Hernandez as a co-conspirator. The case resulted in the indictment of the brothers by a federal grand jury earlier this year.
“HSI’s collaboration with our federal and local law enforcement partners continues to thrive in Arizona,” said Bradford A. Bench, interim special agent in charge of HSI Phoenix. “Drug traffickers that seek to bypass law enforcement, especially while behind bars are not tolerated. One by one, we continue to work together to seek out and dismantle these criminal organizations.”
The Felix-Hernandez brothers were responsible for trafficking pound-quantities of methamphetamine throughout Arizona. This investigation resulted in the seizure of 13 pounds of methamphetamine, one pound of cocaine and one handgun. Josue Felix-Hernandez pleaded guilty for his role in the methamphetamine trafficking organization and was sentenced earlier this year to six years’ imprisonment. Luis Felix-Hernandez faces a statutory minimum of 20 years’ imprisonment.
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