- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - Sentencing is scheduled Aug. 19 for a Texas man who has pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking charge.

Authorities said Andrew Blas Garica, 26, of Houston, was arrested Feb. 10 when officers found two kilos of cocaine during in a traffic stop on Interstate 10 in Mississippi.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1K3O1tX) Garcia pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport to interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.

He faces a maximum prison term of five years and a $250,000 fine.

Authorities said Garcia was a passenger in one of two vehicles pulled over in a traffic stop Feb. 10 in Harrison County. Court papers show the vehicles were traveling together and the cocaine was found hidden in the other vehicle.

One of the cars was driven by Ramiro Noel Martinez, 25, of Houston. Martinez has pleaded guilty to the same charge. His sentencing is July 30.

Priscilla Raquel Sanchez, 28, allegedly driving the car that held the cocaine, and her passenger, Juan Edgar Martinez, 29, both also from Texas, are set for trial July 6 on multiple charges.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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