Garcia could get 20 years in prison
One of the leaders of a drug distribution ring has pleaded guilty to brandishing a firearm while committing a violent crime and conspiracy to distribute/possession with intent to distribute cocaine in relation to an incident that occurred in Mobridge.
Jose “Ivan” M. Garcia, was indicted on the charges in October after he was arrested in connection with a December 2011 incident that began with a party in his Mobridge home. After the party, Garcia discovered drugs and cash were missing from the home. According to reports, Garcia recruited others to help him find the people who took the items from the home. They went to a home in Wakpala where Garcia had shown the weapon and tried to gain entry, but failed. As they left the property, shots were fired at the home.
The incident continued as four people suspected of being involved with the theft were rounded up and taken to the powwow grounds in Wakpala where it was reported they were assaulted and threatened with firearms.
The punishment for the weapons charge could be as many as 20 years in jail and up to $250,000 in fines. For the drug felony Garcia faces up to 20 years in prison and as much as $1 million in fines.
The BIA, the FBI, Northern Plains Safe Trails Drug Enforcement Task Force, Corson County Sheriff’s Department, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, South Dakota Highway Patrol and the Mobridge Police Department were a part of the investigation that led to multiple arrests in connection with this case.
Garcia will be sentenced on Aug. 19 in federal court in Aberdeen.
– Katie Zerr –