Memphis, TN – Today, a federal jury convicted brothers Julio Garcia, 42, and Juan Garcia, 38, of conspiracy to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. United States Attorney Kevin G. Ritz announced the guilty verdict.
According to information presented in court, in 2019, investigators with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) began investigating the drug trafficking activities of the brothers. Julio Garcia was serving a 10-year federal sentence at the time for another drug offense and while in custody he used contraband phones to continue his drug trafficking activities.
Juan Garcia, who was not in custody, served as a “middle-man.” He was tasked with, among other things, accepting payments for shipments of narcotics and depositing the money from those payments into various bank accounts. During this conspiracy, investigators were able to seize two shipments, each containing over 1 kilogram of methamphetamine.
Julio Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced on June 27, 2023, and Juan Garcia is scheduled to be sentenced on June 28, 2023, both before United States District Judge Mark S. Norris. Both men face not less than 10 years imprisonment, not more than life, not more than a $10,000,000 fine, and not less than five years of supervised release.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, and the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department.
This prosecution, as well as the previous investigation into Julio Garcia, is part of an investigation conducted by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). OCDETF is a joint federal, state, and local cooperative approach to combat drug trafficking organizations and organized criminal enterprises, targeting national and regional level drug trafficking organizations, and coordinating the necessary law enforcement entities and resources to disrupt or dismantle the targeted criminal organization and seize their assets.
United States Attorney Kevin Ritz thanked Assistant United States Attorneys Greg Allen and Michelle Kimbril-Parks, who prosecuted this case, as well as law enforcement partners who investigated the case.
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