Illegal immigrant jailed for drugs, money laundering

CUT AND SHOOT- A month-long narcotics investigation culminated in the arrest of an East Montgomery County resident Tuesday on multiple charges.

Juan Martinez Garcia, 24, is charged with second-degree felony possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute (9 oz. cocaine); possession of marijuana (3 lbs.), more than 4 ounces / less than 5 pounds- state jail felony; and money laundering ($3,084), more than $1,500 / less than $20,000- state jail felony.
There is also a hold placed on Garcia by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Sgt. David Womack of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit said an anonymous tip led to the investigation, which was a cooperative effort between his agency, and narcotics officers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Conroe.

Late Tuesday afternoon, narcotics officers went, search warrant in hand, to Garcia’s single wide mobile home on the corner of Royal Coach Ln. and Hill Top Ct. in the Deerwood subdivision off of Crockett-Martin Rd. MCSO SIU K-9, Bianca, alerted on the residence when they arrived. However, neither the warrant nor Bianca’s alert were an issue, since Garcia readily cooperated with officers, Womack said.

“Mr. Garcia showed us exactly where the narcotics were located,” Womack said. “We confiscated cocaine, marijuana, and cash.”

Another man was with Garcia, but he was checked out and released.

“There was marijuana in the refrigerator and in plain view in the entryway,” Womack said. “Mr. Garcia pointed it out.”

Womack said an infant lives in the home, but was not present when the arrest occurred.

Investigators also removed a .357 magnum handgun, a white powder used to “cut” cocaine, a fax machine and a scale.

Garcia’s arrest came less than a week after the SIU dismantled an elaborate indoor marijuana lab inside a South Montgomery County residence.

Garcia was not the only East Montgomery County resident arrested on drugs and money laundering charges recently. On April 22, the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office, arrested Michael Glenn Anderson of New Caney on drug charges. The agency again arrested Anderson on a related warrant for money laundering on April 28. Anderson remains jailed with bond set at $1 million. As of this writing, bond has not been set for Garcia.
The two cases are unrelated.


UPDATE – June 5, 2009
Indictment of accused neighborhood dealer

On Tuesday, a Montgomery County Grand Jury indicted an illegal immigrant on three drug related charges, stemming from a May 6 raid by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit on his home in a subdivision off of Crockett Martin Road in the Cut and Shoot area.

will be tried for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and money laundering.

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a hold placed on Garcia because he entered this country illegally and whether he serves a prison term or is found not guilty, he will not be released. ICE will take Garcia into custody and deport him.

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