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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Northern District of Texas

For Immediate Release

November 22, 2013

Sarah R. Saldaña, United States Attorney

Contact: Kathy Colvin
(214) 659-8600

Drug Trafficker Sentenced to 265 Months in Federal Prison

DALLAS — John Garcia, 25, of Dallas, Texas, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 265 months in federal prison following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

In March of 2009, Irving Police found 1,145 grams of cocaine, 456 grams of methamphetamine, 597 grams of marijuana, and seven guns in a house managed by Garcia. One of the guns was a fully-automatic Glock 9 millimeter pistol. Garcia was a federal fugitive for fifteen months, leading the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team on an hour-long high speed chase throughout Dallas over Thanksgiving weekend in 2010.

The case was investigated by the Irving Police Department, the United States Marshals Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Assistant U.S. Attorney Cara Foos Pierce prosecuted.