A 44-year-old Mexican citizen has been extradited to South Carolina on suspicion of distributing cocaine.
David Geisbrecht-Fehr, a resident of Chihuahua and who is also known as "Oscar Silva Leamon," and "El Ingeniero," was charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute 5 kilograms — 11 pounds — of cocaine in a one-count indictment, the U.S. Attorney's Office said Wednesday.
His exact date of extradition was not available, but court records show Geisbrecht-Fehr pleaded "not guilty" during a hearing in Charleston on Friday.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $10 million fine if convicted, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Geisbrecht-Fehr's alleged crimes date back to at least Sept. 2013, according to the indictment, which remains sealed.
Exactly how much cocaine he is accused of trying to distribute was not disclosed, but Jason Sandoval, resident agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Charleston office, said it is significantly more than the 11 pounds indicated as a minimum quantity in the charge.
Geisbrecht-Fehr was arrested on May 6, 2016 in Mexico, according to a warrant.
Beth Drake, U.S. attorney for South Carolina, called Fehr's extradition a "tremendous coordinated effort" by law enforcement and members of her office.
"Mr. Fehr’s extradition is a result of dedication and commitment of prosecutors and law enforcement on both sides of the border," Sandoval said, in a statement. "(He) must now account for alleged criminal conduct during his day in court. Anyone seeking to evade justice should take note of this extradition: justice never sleeps."
Further information about the case was not available Wednesday.