Mountain House man called "boss" of Northern California drug ring
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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A Mountain House man accused of being the leader of a drug ring operating the Central Valley entered a not guilty plea during his arraignment in the Robert Matsui United States Court House in Sacramento on Thursday.

Francisco Felix, 40, is charged with methamphetamine distribution and conspiracy.

At the time of his arrest during a drug sweep Jan. 29, Felix was residing at 541 Kristine Way in Mountain House.

He is accused of running an illegal drug distribution operation out of a horse ranch at 1700-1742 Almond Ave. in Patterson and various other locations throughout the Central Valley, according to federal authorities.

In the criminal complaint filed by Homeland Security Investigations on Jan. 28, Felix was referred by members of the drug cartel as “the boss” of the drug operation.

He and other men arrested in the drug sweep were considered to be part of an interstate and international methamphetamine and marijuana trafficking operation, according to the complaint.

Authorities reported, during their investigation, agents seized more than 85 pounds of methamphetamine from Felix and his cartel workers through controlled purchases and other undercover operations.

According to the complaint, authorities began their investigation on Felix in January 2013.

The complaint states Felix had been responsible for facilitating the purchase of 1,000 grams of methamphetamine, delivering approximately 23 pounds of methamphetamine and delivering approximately 42 pounds of methamphetamine by arranging for the drugs and setting the price.

In January 2013, authorities reported a confidential reliable informant provided information to agents of the California Department of Justice, Mountain and Valley Marijuana Investigation Team.

The complaint says the informant told agents he personally delivered methamphetamine to two adjoining horse ranch properties in Patterson, and that he received information from a friend of Felix’s family that Felix was manufacturing the drug at the ranch properties.

On Nov. 8, a second informant wearing an undercover transmitting device for law enforcement met with Felix at the horse ranch properties. The report states he was there to purchase three pounds of methamphetamine, but Felix had reportedly asked the informant to transport a kilogram of cocaine to Minnesota for his brother Miguel Felix.

On Nov. 26, authorities reported Felix coordinated the delivery of approximately 23 pounds of methamphetamine and approximately 42 pounds of methamphetamine on Dec. 9, both for transport to Chicago.

Both transports were reportedly seized by federal agents.

Other reports in the complaint show Felix was also allegedly involved in growing of marijuana in both indoor and outdoor facilities throughout the Central Valley.

Felix is scheduled to return to court on April 14 go appear before U.S. District Judge William Shubb in Sacramento federal court for a status conference.

He remains without bail in Sacramento County Jail.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 

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