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New York Man Pleads Guilty To Trafficking 120 Pounds Of Pot In Stamford

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STAMFORD, Conn. — A New York man pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking over 120 pounds of marijuana to Stamford and selling 40 pounds of it to a local man, prosecutors said. 

Gustavo Garcia, 29, of Queens, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Janet Bond Arterton in New Haven to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana. He was the second man to plead guilty in the case. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, in June and July 2017, Garcia delivered 120 to 130 pounds of marijuana to William Reyes in Stamford, including 40 pounds of marijuana that Garcia sold to Reyes for $80,000 and delivered in July.

Garcia was arrested Oct. 3. On that date, a search of his residence turned up 2 pounds of marijuana, narcotics paraphernalia, $93,560 in cash, and $100,000 in jewelry that was purchased with marijuana trafficking proceeds.

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Reyes was arrested July 26. On that date, investigators conducted court-authorized searches of Reyes’ Stamford residence and a residence in Lagrangeville, N.Y., 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.

When sentenced April 4, Garcia faces a maximum of five years in prison. He also has agreed to forfeit the cash and jewelry that investigators seized at the time of his arrest.

Garcia is free on $250,000 bond pending sentencing.

Reyes pleaded guilty to the same charge Jan. 5 and awaits sentencing.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Stamford Police Department and New York State Police. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Anthony E. Kaplan and Sarala V. Nagala.

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