A Tulsa, Oklahoma, drug courier who helped deliver 12 kilos of crystal meth in Gulfport received a five-year prison term and a $1,500 fine.
Refugio Garcia De Lira, 27, was sentenced Thursday on a guilty plea to interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises.
U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden gave him the maximum prison term for the charge plus three years of post-release supervision. De Lira is the second man to plead guilty in the federal investigation.
Twelve kilos is about 26.5 pounds. Crystal meth, also called ice, is the purest form of meth.
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De Lira and Christian Manuel Garcia, 23, reached a delivery point in Gulfport on Feb. 27 while arriving in separate vehicles at different times, court papers show. Each was arrested after they showed up at the delivery site.
They came under investigation while a Mississippi state trooper, assigned to a Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, followed up on tips. The state trooper had learned 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.
De Lira and Nancy Lizbeth Ramirez, 20, had shown up in a black Chevrolet Monte Carlo with six packages of meth, documents show. Christian Manuel Garcia, 23, showed up in a Volkswagen Jetta with more packages about 50 minutes later, documents show.
Garcia was sentenced in July on the same charge as De Lira. Garcia received a five-year prison term and a $2,500 fine.
Ramirez has pleaded guilty on a lesser charge of misprision of felony — knowing a crime was taking place but failing to report it. She faces up to three years in prison at her sentencing on Sept. 16.