BORGER, TEXAS, RESIDENTS PLEAD GUILTY TO FEDERAL DRUG CHARGES
AMARILLO, Texas — Dustin Engler and Raphael Garcia, Jr., both of Borger, Texas, have each pleaded guilty in federal court in Amarillo, Texas, to a felony information charging one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Each defendant faces a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine. Since their arrests by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), each has remained in custody. Sentencings have been set for mid-January 2012, before U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson. The announcement was made today by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
According to documents filed in the case, on June 28, 2011, Dustin Engler, 25, made arrangements with a confidential informant to sell methamphetamine outside a grocery store in Borger, Texas. Co-conspirator Raphael Garcia, 36, drove Engler to the store after directing Engler to place the methamphetamine in a secluded residential area of Borger. Outside the store, Engler contacted the arranged purchaser of the methamphetamine, an undercover officer, and told the officer to follow Garcia’s to the residential area in which the narcotics were hidden. After arriving, Engler stepped out of the passenger side of the vehicle and directed the officer to a nearby pile of bricks, saying, “It’s in there.” The officer then retrieved a plastic bag containing methamphetamine from the pile.
These charges resulted from a joint investigation by the DEA and DPS. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Schall is in charge of the prosecution.
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