South Texan handed significant sentence for trafficking cocaine | USAO-SDTX

McALLEN, Texas – A 46-year-old Alton man has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.

A federal jury deliberated for approximately six hours before convicting Rosbel Garcia Jr. Jan. 14 following a one-day trial which included seven witnesses.  

Following his conviction, Garcia executed a signed statement admitting to his involvement in the offense and his knowledge of the controlled substances involved.  

Today, U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez took the statement into consideration and handed Garcia a 78-month sentence to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. In imposing the sentence, the court also noted Garcia’s greedy motivation in committing the crime and his recruitment of another individual.

According to the testimony at trial, authorities learned of a possible 20-kilogram cocaine transaction that would be occurring in the Houston area in January 2018. 

The jury heard from Rene Ramos III, the person Garcia had recruited, who explained that he had been previously arrested in Houston while in possession of approximately 60 pounds of marijuana belonging to Garcia in 2012. He claimed that at the time of that arrest, he was also in possession of approximately $90,000 of Garcia’s drug trafficking proceeds.

In early January 2018, Ramos claimed Garcia contacted him and told him he had to begin working for him in order to reduce that drug debt. As part of that involvement, Ramos testified he directed his wife, Christy Leigh Wells, to deliver cocaine to individuals in Houston. 

Testimony revealed Garcia traveled to Houston from the Rio Grande Valley in January 2018 along with Luby Janet Luna. Wells also testified and admitted she delivered 10 kilograms of cocaine to Luna and others Jan. 30, 2018.  

The defense attempted to convince the jury that all involved were just cons who fabricated Garcia’s involvement in the scheme. The jury disagreed and found him guilty as charged.

Wells, 42, Cypress, admitted to her role in the conspiracy.

Luna, 34, Mission, is a fugitive and a warrant remains outstanding for her arrest. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 956-618-8025 or the Drug Enforcement Administration at 956-992-8400.

Garcia remains in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Roberto Lopez Jr. and M. Alexis Garcia prosecuted the case.

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