Crime

Tulsa drug courier gets prison in 12-kilo delivery of crystal meth

Christian Manuel Garcia
Christian Manuel Garcia

A Tulsa, Oklahoma, drug courier received a five-year prison term and $2,500 fine for traveling to Gulfport to help deliver 12 kilos, or 26.5 pounds, of crystal meth.

Christian Manuel Garcia, 23, was sentenced Thursday on a charge of interstate travel in aid of drug-racketeering enterprises.

U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden gave him the maximum prison term for the charge and ordered three years of post-release supervision.

Crystal meth is the purest form of the drug.

Garcia is one of three Tulsa residents arrested Feb. 27 after he and another driver arrived separately at a drop-off point in Gulfport, court documents show.

Garcia and Refugio Garcia De Lira, 27, arrived within 50 minutes of each other. De Lira and his passenger, Nancy Lizbeth Ramirez, 20, showed up first with six packages of meth. After their arrests, Garcia showed up with more packages.

The three were indicted on multiple charges in March.

De Lira pleaded guilty to the same charge as Garcia in May. His sentencing is set for Aug. 29.

Ramirez accepted a plea deal on a lesser charge in June. The charge is misprision of a felony — knowing a crime was being committed but failing to report it.

Ramirez will be sentenced Sept. 16. She faces up to three years in prison.

The arrests came after a Mississippi Highway Patrol trooper assigned to a DEA Task Force followed up on tips that a Mexican drug broker had struck a deal with two Tulsa men to bring crystal meth to Gulfport, records show.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John Meynardie is prosecuting the case.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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