AUG 17 -- EL PASO – Joseph M. Arabit, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration–El Paso Division and United States Attorney John E. Murphy announced the extradition from Mexico of Felipe DOMINGUEZ-Vargas, a purported member of the Juarez Drug Cartel. This morning, August 16, 2010, DOMINGUEZ made his initial appearance in federal court in El Paso, Texas and waived his detention hearing. DOMINGUEZ will remain in custody pending trial.
On August 10, 2010, DOMINGUEZ was extradited from Mexico to the United States to stand trial for federal drug trafficking offenses. DOMINGUEZ is the subject of an indictment filed in May 2009 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, charging him with the following offenses: six counts of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute heroin, cocaine and marijuana.
According to the indictment, from October 2007 until March 2009, DOMINGUEZ was responsible for the importation of over 1 kilogram of heroin, 5 kilograms of cocaine and over 100 kilograms of marijuana into West Texas for distribution in other parts of the United States. In order to smuggle the illegal narcotics, primarily through El Paso County, DOMINGUEZ and his co-conspirators utilized a variety of vehicles as well as body carriers. If convicted, DOMINGUEZ faces 10 years to life imprisonment for the importation of heroin and cocaine as well a maximum fine of $4,000,000. For the importation of marijuana, DOMINGUEZ faces 5 years to 40 years imprisonment as well as a maximum fine of $2,000,000.
DOMINGUEZ was arrested by Mexican authorities in November of 2009. On August 10, 2010, DOMINGUEZ was extradited into the United States, released to Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration and Deputies of the United States Marshal Service and transported to a secure location.