CHRISTI, Texas – A 37-year-old Alton resident has been ordered to federal
prison following his conviction for conspiring to smuggle nearly 20 kilograms
of cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Garcia-Abreu pleaded guilty July 30.
U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos handed Garcia-Abreu a
120-month sentence to be immediately followed by five years of supervised
release. In handing down the sentence, the court noted that at the time of the
offense, Garcia-Abreu was still on supervised release from a prior alien smuggling
On May 19,
authorities stopped Garcia-Abreu for a routine safety inspection. He
immediately became nervous as they examined the tractor-trailer he was driving.
They soon discovered a modification to the king pin area where the trailer was
attached to the tractor and immediately called a K-9. It alerted to the
vehicle. Law enforcement unhitched the trailer and found 20 bundles inside a
hidden compartment containing 19.8 kilograms of cocaine.
narcotics have an estimated street value of $500,000.
has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of
Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security
Investigations conducted the investigation with assistance from Texas
Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Dunn prosecuted the case.