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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Florida Man Convicted Of Cocaine Conspiracy Involving Over 5 Kilograms

BATON ROUGE, LA - United States Attorney Walt Green announced today that JACOBO GARCIA, age 28, of Ft. Meyers, Florida, pled guilty before U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick to conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute over five kilograms of cocaine.  Following his conviction, GARCIA was remanded into the custody of the U.S. Marshal’s Service.  A sentencing hearing has not yet been scheduled.

During his guilty plea hearing, GARCIA admitted that, on February 29, 2016, Baton Rouge Police Officers found 5.7 kilograms of cocaine hidden in the gas tank of GARCIA’s vehicle.  The cocaine was packaged in fifteen (15) vaccum sealed bags.  GARCIA admitted that he and a passenger had picked up the aforementioned cocaine in Houston, Texas. 

U.S. Attorney Green stated: “This case is yet another example of the drug pipeline that runs through and into our district.  We will continue to work aggressively with the DEA, the Baton Rogue Police Department, and our many other federal, state, and local law enforcement partners to fight this menace.” 

This matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Baton Rouge Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica M.P. Thornhill.

Drug Trafficking
Updated May 18, 2016