LAREDO, Texas – A 43-year-old Laredo native was taken to federal prison for intent on handing out a large amount of meth, reigning US attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.
Daniel Marco Garcia pleaded guilty on September 4, 2020.
US District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo today ordered him to serve 168 months in prison, followed immediately by five years of custody.
At the hearing, the court heard that Garcia is currently serving a 57-month sentence for an unrelated firearms case, previously convicted of smuggling foreigners, and is a convicted sex offender. When the verdict was pronounced, Judge Marmolejo noted his extensive criminal record.
“Methvis is a malicious poison that continues to cause horrific, long-term damage to the quality of life in many of our communities across our nation,” said Daniel C. Comeaux, special agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “In Laredo and across the southwest border, DEA and our partners continue to target drug traffickers and cease their activities at all levels.”
On July 11, 2018, Garcia planned to move meth within Webb County. However, the authorities stopped him because of a traffic violation during his trip and conducted a search of his vehicle at the time. They soon found six meth bundles hidden in a black bag in the vehicle, weighing about six kilograms.
The drugs had an estimated street value of $ 37,000.
He was and remains in custody.
The DEA conducted the OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) investigation called Crystal Monkey with the assistance of Homeland Security Investigations, the Texas Department of Public Security, the Webb County Sheriff’s Office and the Laredo Police Department. U.S. Assistant Attorney (AUSA) Jennifer Day and former AUSA Chris dos Santos are pursuing the case.
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