BORGER, TEXAS, RESIDENT SENTENCED TO 160 MONTHS IN FEDERAL PRISON ON METHAMPHETAMINE CONVICTION
AMARILLO, Texas — Raphael Garcia, Jr., 36, of Borger, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Mary Lou Robinson to 160 months federal prison following his guilty plea in November 2011 to a felony information charging one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. He has been in custody since his arrest in October 2011 by agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
According to documents filed in the case, on June 28, 2011, co-conspirator Dustin Engler, 25, of Borger, made arrangements with a confidential informant to sell methamphetamine outside a grocery store in Borger, Texas. Garcia 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.
Engler has pleaded guilty to the same offense and is scheduled to be sentenced on February 14, 2012. He, too, remains in federal custody.
DEA and DPS are investigating; Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason D. Schall is in charge of the prosecution.
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