Crime

Drug courier admits helping deliver 12 kilos of meth to Gulfport

Refugio Garcia De Lira
Refugio Garcia De Lira

GULFPORT -- A Tulsa man has admitted he was acting as a drug courier when he and two others brought 12 kilos of crystal meth to Gulfport.

Refugio Garcia De Lira, 27, pleaded guilty to interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises Thursday in U.S. District Court.

Twelve kilos is about 26.5 pounds.

Judge Sul Ozerden set a sentencing date for Aug. 29.

De Lira faces maximum penalties of five years in prison, five years of probation and a $250,000 fine.

De Lira and the others were arrested Feb. 27 as a Mississippi state trooper assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force followed up on tips that a Mexican meth broker had struck a deal with two Tulsa brothers to bring 24 pounds of meth to Gulfport, a court document said.

The couriers were expected to meet at separate times with a person identified in court papers as a confidential source of information.

De Lira and Nancy Lizbeth Ramirez, 20, showed up in a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo with six packages of meth and Christian Manuel Garcia showed up with more packages about 50 minutes later, documents show.

Garcia and Ramirez also are from Tulsa.

Garcia has pleaded guilty to the same charge as De Lira. Garcia will be sentenced July 28.

Ramirez is set for trial on a court calendar that starts July 5.

She faces charges of conspiracy, possession with intent to distribute meth and the same racketeering charge as De Lira and Garcia.

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