Drug courier admits helping deliver 12 kilos of meth


GULFPORT -- A Tulsa, Okla., man has admitted he acted as a drug courier by driving one of two vehicles to deliver 12 kilos of crystal meth in Gulfport.

Christian Manuel Garcia, 23, pleaded guilty Monday to interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.

He was driving a Volkswagen Jetta on Feb. 27 when he reached a drop-off location in Gulfport. He arrived about 50 minutes after a different vehicle, also from Tulsa, reached the site, according to the criminal complaint of a state trooper assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force.

Crystal meth, also known as ice, is meth in its purest form.

Twelve kilos is about 26.5 pounds.

Garcia and two other Tulsa residents, Refugio Garcia De Lira, 27, and Nancy Lizbeth Ramirez, 20, were indicted on multiple charges.

Their arrests came after a confidential source contacted a Mexican meth broker and negotiated a deal for about 24 pounds of meth. The couriers, the complaint said, let the source know what times they would reach Gulfport.

Garcia faces up to five years in prison at his July 8 sentencing.

De Lira is scheduled to change his plea May 13.

Ramirez is set for trial May 18.

All three were indicted on one count each of conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute meth and the interstate transportation charge.