A 30-year-old man is set to spend the next two years behind bars for trafficking more than 100 pounds of marijuana in Connecticut.
Queens resident Gustavo Garcia has been sentenced to 24 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release after pleading guilty earlier this year to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana.
Garcia admitted to delivering approximately 120 to 130 pounds of marijuana to William Reyes in Stamford last year, including an estimated 40 pounds that he sold to Reyes for approximately $80,000 in July 2017. He was arrested on Oct. 3 last year.
John Durham, the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, said that on the day of his arrest, Garcia was in possession of two pounds of marijuana, narcotics paraphernalia, $93,560 in cash and $100,000 in jewelry that had been purchased with the proceeds from his drug money. He has since forfeited the seized cash and jewelry.
Reyes was arrested on July 26 last year, and has pleaded guilty to the same charge as Garcia. On that date, investigators conducted court-authorized searches of Reyes’ Stamford residence and a residence in Lagrangeville that Reyes and another individual were using to grow, process and distribute marijuana.
A search of the Stamford residence turned up 18 kilograms of marijuana, paraphernalia associated with narcotics distribution, and $71,004 in cash; a search of the Lagrangeville residence revealed 140 marijuana plants and related equipment. Reyes was sentenced to 41 months in prison.
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