Ind. man arrested on federal drug, weapons charges

(Provided Photo/Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department)
(Provided Photo/Bartholomew County Sheriff's Department)

JONESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) – A Jonesville man who told police he owed money to one of the world’s largest illegal drug operations was arrested on federal drug and weapons charges Thursday, according to 24-Hour News 8’s partners, The Republic.

About 7 grams of powder cocaine and 3 grams of crystal methamphetamine that had been packaged for sale were found in 40-year-old Gilberto Garcia’s vehicle during the arrest, Columbus Police Department Lt. Matt Myers said.

FBI agents worked with officers from Columbus and Seymour to arrest Garcia, Myers said.

Garcia was taken to Indianapolis to face five federal charges:

  • Distribution of more than 50 grams of methamphetamine
  • Distribution of more than 5 grams of methamphetamine
  • Distribution of narcotics on premises in which a minor is present
  • Felon in possession of a firearm
  • Laundering of drug money.

Under federal law, Garcia could receive up to a life sentence if convicted on the drug charges.

Myers said additional state charges could be filed against Garcia by Bartholomew County Prosecutor Bill Nash, based on the drugs confiscated Thursday.

The Jonesville man already is charged with two Class A felony counts of dealing in methamphetamine and a Class D felony charge of receiving stolen property in connection with two incidents last fall.

During the first week of November, an undercover police officer from Seymour obtained methamphetamine from a man identified as Garcia two separate times, according to court records.

On Nov. 7, police found several firearms in Garcia’s residence that matched descriptions of weapons stolen from a Jackson County home almost a year earlier.

About $13,000 in cash was confiscated during the November search, Seymour Police Chief Bill Abbott said.

During questioning, Garcia told investigators he owed money to the Sinaloa drug cartel, according to police reports.

One week after his November arrest, Garcia was released from the Bartholomew County Jail after posting a cash bond of $20,000, court records show.

Garcia is tentatively scheduled to go on trial Aug. 19 in Bartholomew Circuit Court on the charges filed last fall.

If convicted on the 2013 charges, Garcia could be sentenced to between 40 and 106 years in prison, as well as ordered to pay fines of up to $30,000.

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