Austin, Texas Man Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy
to Distribute Marijuana and Aiding and Abetting
the Killing of a Law Enforcement Officer
Memphis, TN - Orlando GARCIA, 23, of Austin, Texas, pled guilty today in Federal District Court, in Memphis, Tennessee, before Chief Judge Jon P. McCalla announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee. GARCIA pled guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846; and Aiding and Abetting the Killing of a Law Enforcement Officer to Avoid Apprehension and Prosecution for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 848(e)(1)(B), and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.
The evidence showed that in early January, 2007, GARCIA and others planned to travel to Tennessee from Austin, Texas, to distribute Marijuana. After obtaining firearms and marijuana, GARCIA and a juvenile traveled to Tennessee in order to distribute the marijuana for higher prices than they could obtain in Austin, Texas. During the trip from Texas, the juvenile stated to GARCIA that if they were stopped by the law they might have to “do him.” Once in Tennessee, GARCIA and the juvenile traveled to Nashville, where they began to distribute the Marijuana. After a few days, they traveled back to Memphis, where they conducted several drug transactions. On their return trip back to Nashville, Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Calvin Jenks stopped GARCIA for speeding on Highway 14 in Tipton County. During the encounter with GARCIA and the juvenile, the juvenile shot and killed Trooper Jenks. After the shooting, GARCIA and the juvenile fled the scene but were apprehended a short time later in a local motel in Nashville. During the investigation, law enforcement officers were able to recover two firearms that were in the possession of GARCIA and the juvenile during the killing of Trooper Jenks.
The charge 21 U.S.C. § 846, Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana carries a penalty of not more than 5 years, a $250,000 fine and not less than 2 years supervised release. The charge 21 U.S.C. § 848(e)(1)(B), Aiding and Abetting the Killing of a Law Enforcement Officer to Avoid Apprehension and Prosecution for Conspiracy to Distribute Marijuana carries a penalty of not less than 20 years, up to life or death, a $250,000 fine and not more than 5 years supervised release.
The investigation was handled by Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, (DEA), Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, (ATF), Tipton County Sheriff’s Department, Metro-Nashville Police Department, Brownsville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, (THP), Austin, Texas, Police Department, Covington Police Department and the 25th Judicial District Attorney's Office. Assistant United States Attorney Jerry R. Kitchen is handling the case for the government.
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