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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 14, 2012

Final Defendant Guilty in East Texas Drug Trafficking Scheme

TYLER, Texas – A 28-year-old Houston man has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Phillip Andrew Garcia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith K. Guthrie.

                According to information presented in court, on Mar. 9, 2011, Garcia and two co-conspirators travelled from Houston to Tyler, Texas with 2 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in the area.  Garcia admitted that he possessed between 15 and 50 kilograms of cocaine for distribution in East Texas.  Garcia and four others were indicted by a federal grand jury on July 13, 2011. 

Garcia faces a minimum of 10 years in federal prison.  A sentencing date has not been set.   All of Garcia's codefendants have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

             This case was investigated by the DEA and the Smith County Sheriff's Office and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Baldwin.

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