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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 1:00 am

Cocaine dealer given 10 years

DAVE GONG | The Journal Gazette

A Fort Wayne man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, U.S. Attorney Thomas L. Kirsch II announced Monday. 

Marco A. Garcia, 31, was arrested in August 2016 along with 15 others as part of a monthslong investigation into a drug trafficking ring that officials said moved kilograms of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin through Fort Wayne. Garcia was arrested as part of a federal wiretap investigation that ensnared Jose Cerrogordo Razo, who officials said was in charge of the ring.

The investigation, which started in January 2015, ran until at least June the following year. Garcia was originally charged with conspiracy to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine, 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, 1 kilogram or more of heroin and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana.

Garcia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine in September. 

The case was investigated by the FBI's Safe Streets and Gang Task Force, which also includes Indiana State Police, Allen County Sheriff's Department and Fort Wayne Police Department.

Also assisting in the investigation were the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and the Allen County Drug Task Force.