Albuquerque man sentenced to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Guy Anthony Garcia, 62, of Albuquerque, was sentenced in federal court today to 10 years in prison for attempted possession with intent to distribute 40 grams and more of fentanyl, attempted possession with intent to distribute 50 grams and more of methamphetamine, and attempted possession with intent to distribute 100 grams and more of heroin. Garcia pleaded guilty on Sept. 1, 2021.
A federal grand jury indicted Garcia on March 9, 2021. In his plea agreement, Garcia admitted that on Dec. 9, 2020, he arranged for a delivery of drugs to his business in Albuquerque. The shipment was intercepted by law enforcement and the person delivering the drugs agreed to be accompanied by an undercover officer to proceed with the delivery and transaction. They arrived at Garcia’s business with what Garcia believed was methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl, for which Garcia paid them $39,820. Garcia acknowledged that he intended to sell the drugs.
At the time, Garcia was on supervised release following a prison sentence for a 2016 drug trafficking conviction. The terms of his release required him to refrain from any unlawful use of a controlled substance and prohibited him from committing any federal, state or local crime. In his plea, Garcia acknowledged that his offenses on Dec. 9, 2020, were in violation of the terms of his supervised release. Additionally, on Nov. 5, 2020, he submitted a urinalysis sample that tested positive for amphetamine, opiates and cocaine. On Nov. 25, 2020, Garcia submitted another sample, which again tested positive for opiates.
Upon his release from prison, Garcia will be subject to 4 years of supervised release.
Homeland Security Investigations investigated this case with assistance from the Bureau of Indian Affairs and New Mexico State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew Nelson prosecuted the case.
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