A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy convicted of attempting to smuggle drugs into a Castaic jail where he worked was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison.
Peter Paul Felix, 27, mouthed "I love you, guys" to his sisters and girlfriend as he was escorted from the downtown L.A. courtroom in handcuffs.
Felix, a two-year veteran, was arrested in October 2008 carrying 161.5 grams of heroin, 24.4 grams of methamphetamine and 51.5 grams of marijuana that authorities said he intended to bring into the North County Correctional Facility.
His attorney, Spencer R. Vodnoy, said his client deeply regretted his actions and cooperated with investigators. Felix resigned from the department following his arrest.
"This has been devastating for him and his family," Vodnoy said. "Sometimes good people make really bad decisions."
Also sentenced Tuesday was Terance Anthony Warner, an inmate who allegedly helped arrange for Felix to deliver the drugs. Superior Court Judge James Bianco sentenced Warner, 28, to two years in prison.