CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 31-year-old Corpus Christi man has been sentenced for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute meth and carrying a firearm in relation to a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.
Alec Michael Garcia pleaded guilty Feb. 9.
Today, U.S. District Judge David S Morales ordered Garcia to serve 195 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.
“Removing armed drug dealers from our streets has an immediate impact on the safety of our communities,” said Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). “ATF is absolutely committed to working with our law enforcement partners to ensure that those who bring dangerous drugs and firearms into our neighborhoods are held accountable for their actions.”
Authorities executed a search warrant at a residence in Corpus Christi in August 2021. At that time, they arrested Garcia and his co-conspirators, Jesus and Anna Sustaita. During the search, they found over 50 grams of meth; nearly two kilograms of pills containing fentanyl, alprazolam and meth; LSD; approximately two kilograms of marijuana as well as numerous THC products, nine loaded firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, body armor and U.S. currency.
At the time of search, authorities found that Anna Sustaita’s 8-year-old son was also living at the residence, which was located across the street from an elementary school.
Jesus, 26, and Anna Sustaita, 24, also of Corpus Christi, were both sentenced earlier this year to 135 months in federal prison.
Garcia will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Gang Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Barbara J. De Peña prosecuted the case.