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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of West Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

California man convicted of painkiller trafficking in Marshall County, WV

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Mario O. Garcia, 41, of Van Nuys, California, was convicted in federal court today of oxycodone trafficking, United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced.

Garcia admitted to oxycodone trafficking in Marshall County, West Virginia, when he pled guilty today to one count of "Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and to Distribute Oxycodone." He faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $1,000,000.00. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed will be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert McWilliams is prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration - Los Angeles Field Division Tactical Diversion Squad, the Marshall County Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, and the West Virginia State Police are investigating.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James E. Seibert presided.

Updated January 8, 2016