California Woman Sentenced for Conpsiracy to Distribute Methamphatamine
Contact: Susan Lehr, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Chief - 402-661-3700
United States Attorney Deborah R. Gilg announced that Erica Garcia, 31, of Visilia, California, was sentenced on October 11, 2011, to 10 years in prison by United States District Judge Richard G. Kopf, for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in 2010. In addition to her prison term, Garcia will serve five years of supervised release following her release from prison.
Garcia pled guilty in July of 2011 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. On July 14, 2010, Garcia was the passenger in a vehicle stopped by a Nebraska State Patrol trooper for speeding on Interstate 80 just outside Lincoln, Nebraska. During a subsequent consensual search of the vehicle, just under nine and a half kilos of 98.8% pure methamphetamine was discovered in two hidden compartments contained in the floor of the vehicle.
This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).