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Alice man admits to distributing meth

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 29-year-old local resident has entered a guilty plea to possession with intent to distribute 6.4 grams of meth after being found with several drugs, money and a stolen firearm, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

On May 8, law enforcement pulled Jacob Garcia over for a traffic violation. They soon observed him and believed he was intoxicated. The car also smelled of marijuana. They inquired as to whether he had been drinking or smoking marijuana, at which time he responded yes and that his wife had smoked marijuana in the vehicle. Authorities asked him to step out of the vehicle and conducted a thorough search.

They ultimately uncovered several bags of narcotics - 37 grams of cocaine, 6.4 grams of meth, 119 grams of marijuana and three THC pens. Authorities also discovered a stolen firearm and $1,260.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos accepted the plea and set sentencing for Jan. 12, 2022. At that time, Garcia faces a minimum of five and up to 40 years in federal prison as well as a possible $5 million maximum fine.

He has been and will remain in custody pending that hearing. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office and the Alice Police Department conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Marin is prosecuting the case.

Updated October 21, 2021

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