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March 16, 2012

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Roma Man Sentenced in 11-Defendant Marijuana Case

HOUSTON - Jesus Manuel Garcia, 50, of Roma, Texas, has been handed a 41-month prison term, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today along with Javier Pena, special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

U.S. District Judge Melinda Harmon sentenced Garcia today and further ordered he serve five years of supervised release following his release from prison.

Garcia pleaded guilty in February 2011 to a one-count superseding indictment charging him, along with 11, of participating in a drug conspiracy which involved the possession with intent to distribute more than 1,000 kilograms of marijuana from August 2006 through November 2010. 

Notably, Garcia admitted that on Feb. 15, 2010, he assisted his nephews, former Roma law enforcement officials Roel Roberto Garcia and Jose Omar Garcia, in the movement and storage of 450 kilograms of marijuana. Also indicted in this case, Roel Garcia and Jose Omar Garcia are presently fugitives from justice, believed to have fled across the border into Mexico.
The superseding indictment in this case is affiliated with Project Deliverance, the largest Department of Justice Special Operations Division (SOD) operation to date. Project Deliverance targeted Mexican Drug Cartel infrastructure and transportation cells throughout the United States with special emphasis on the Southwest Border. The Project originally consisted of 15 SOD operations and more than 141 investigations in 38 federal judicial districts in 30 states across the United States. Project Deliverance continues to have the support of Attorney General Eric Holder, the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and the agency heads of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol, DEA, FBI, Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations and the U.S. Marshals Service. Both federal and state prosecutions and law enforcement agencies have participated in Project Deliverance.