Two Arrested, $1 Million in Cocaine Seized
FEB 12 -- (HAYWARD, CA) Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Javier F. Peña, Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) Charles H. DeMore and United States Attorney Kevin V. Ryan announce the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of 15 kilograms cocaine and two handguns.
On February 9, 2007, DEA received information that Alonso RODRIGUEZ-CASTELLANOS was negotiating a large cocaine transaction. According to the criminal complaint, RODRIGUEZ-CASTELLANOS allegedly arranged for Francisco TORRES-FELIX to deliver multiple kilograms of cocaine at a parking lot in Hayward. At approximately 8:00 p.m., DEA, ICE and Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department arrested Alonso RODRIGUEZ-CASTELLANOS, 27, and Francisco TORRES-FELIX, 43, both of Oakland without incident and seized a total of approximately 15 kilograms cocaine. Officers located and seized a loaded handgun from TORRES-FELIX’s vehicle. Law enforcement subsequently searched TORRES-FELIX’s residence and seized an additional handgun. The street value of the cocaine seized is valued at approximately one million dollars.
Both RODRIGUEZ-CASTELLANOS and TORRES-FELIX were charged with two counts of violations of Title 21 United States Code (USC) Sections 846 – Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine and two counts of violation of Title 21 U.S.C. Section 841 (a)(1) – Distribution of Cocaine. Each count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and distribution of cocaine is punishable by a minimum mandatory term of imprisonment of ten years, and a maximum term of imprisonment of life; a $4 million dollar fine, a minimum term of supervised release of five years and a penalty assessment of $100.00. Additionally, RODRIGUEZ-CASTELLANOS and TORRES-FELIX were charged with violation of Title 18 U.S.C. Sections 924 (c)(1)(A)(i) – Carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime.
RODRIGUEZ-CASTELLANOS and TORRES-FELIX were scheduled for their initial appearance today in Federal Court in San Jose. This case is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of California. The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.