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Man accused of leading drug ring in prison

PHOENIX -- A shot caller for the Mexican Mafia, imprisoned for his involvement in the shooting of Glendale Police Officer Jeremy Esh, is facing numerous counts related to a prison-based drug trade.

"This investigation centered on one individual, who while incarcerated was in control of an illegal enterprise and conspired to murder those in rival gangs," said Phoenix Police chief Daniel Garcia.

Angel Lopez Garcia, 35, faces 159 criminal counts. A grand jury indictment accuses him of being a validated member and leader within a large prison gang. He has gang-related ties dating back to 1995.

The document also charges Garcia with directing drug sales, extortion, fraud, money laundering and homicide while in federal and state prison, and accuses him of using other gang members and associates to facilitate these offenses.

Police also arrested Garcia's wife, a Phoenix defense attorney, for her complicity.

Carmen Fischer Garcia, of Phoenix, who's been practicing law in the Valley since the 1980s, faces 47 counts for her participation the drug trade.

Garcia's mother, sister and ex-girlfriend were also arrested Friday after police served search warrants at the women's homes.

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