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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Missouri

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Arizona Man Charged with 10 Kilos of Fentanyl

St. Louis – Daniel Cervantes Felix, 18, of Maricopa, Arizona, was charged in a criminal complaint for his involvement in the possession with the intent to distribute 10 kilograms of fentanyl. 

According to the complaint, on January 6, 2020, St. Louis County police officers pulled over a GMC Sierra vehicle being driven by Felix after he violated various traffic laws.  Felix granted consent to search his vehicle.  Officers discovered multiple kilo size bricks totaling 10 kilograms of fentanyl. 

Felix has been charged with one count of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance.  He faces a statutory mandatory minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted.  He is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty.

“This is a fine example of the productive, collaborative relationships we enjoy with our Federal partners,” Colonel Jon M. Belmar, Chief of Police, stated. “I am incredibly proud of the work by the officers and agents. They stopped the distribution of this deadly substance before it could reach our communities and poison our families, friends, and neighbors.”

“The allegations in this case involves the second largest seizure of fentanyl in this district.  This amounts to millions of doses of fentanyl – enough to destroy or end the lives of hundreds of thousands of Missourians.  This conduct simply will not be tolerated by law enforcement.  We are grateful to the St. Louis County police and DEA agents involved in this on-going investigation.  Their seizure of this poison has saved many, many lives,” stated U.S. Attorney Jeff Jensen.

The charge is the result of a joint investigation between the St. Louis County Police Department’s Multi-Jurisdictional Drug Task Force and the Drug Enforcement Administration. 

Topic(s): 
Opioids
Updated January 7, 2020