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Ex-L.A. deputy attempted to smuggle drugs into jail, authorities claim

May 6, 2009 |  1:35 pm

A former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy and an alleged co-conspirator pleaded not guilty today to charges they attempted to smuggle drugs into a county jail facility where the then-officer worked.

Peter Paul Felix, 25, and Monique Garciae, 21, entered their pleas after their arrests this morning, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Sean Hassett with the Justice System Integrity Division. Felix, who resigned from the Sheriff’s Department last year, is being held on $135,000 bail. Garcia is being held on $50,000 bail.

On Oct. 13, 2008, the two allegedly were caught attempting to smuggle 161.5 grams of heroin, 24.4 grams of methamphetamine and 51.5 grams of marijuana into the North County Correctional Facility, where Felix worked as a guard.

Garcia also allegedly had $5,100 in cash with her. They were charged with conspiracy, one count each of sale or transportation to sell a controlled substance, two counts each of possession for sale of a controlled substance, two counts each of sale of a controlled substance, one count each of sale or transportation of marijuana and one count each of possession for sale of marijuana.

Hassett said Felix, who had been a sheriff’s deputy about two years, resigned shortly after Oct. 13. If convicted, each faces up to 12 years in state prison.

-- Richard Winton

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