Illegal Alien Sentenced to Three Years Fed Time for Role
DEC 16 -- LOUISVILLE, KY - U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced today that on December 12, 2008, Gary Hernandez-Garcia, of Louisville, Kentucky, was sentenced to 3 years and 1 month imprisonment in United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky, on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, possession with intent to distribute cocaine. U.S. District Judge John G. Heyburn, II, also sentenced Hernandez-Garcia to 4 years supervised release following incarceration. There is no parole in the federal judicial system.
Hernandez-Garcia pled guilty and admitted that between January 31, 2008, and March 13, 2008, he and Wilfredo Aguirre-Lara conspired to possess with intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. In support of the conspiracy charge, Hernandez-Garcia also pled guilty to three counts of aiding and abetting Aguirre-Lara with possessing with intent to distribute and distributing cocaine. Hernandez-Garcia also pled guilty to an additional count of distributing cocaine. The total amount of cocaine that was seized in this case was 621 grams.
After Hernandez-Garcia and Aguirre-Lara were arrested, a records check revealed that both were illegally present in the United States and subject to deportation. Hernandez-Garcia is a citizen of Guatemala and Aguirre-Lara is a citizen of Mexico. Both are subject to deportation upon serving their sentences.
Co-conspirator Aguirre-Lara was sentenced to 3 years and 1 month imprisonment in United States District Court, Louisville, Kentucky on October 3, 2008.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel P. Kinnicutt, and it was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.