May 27, 2015
Contact: Erin Mulvey
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Houston Man Sentenced On Drug Charges
BUFFALO, N.Y. - James J. Hunt, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement (DEA), New York Division, and William J. Hochul Jr., United States Attorney, Western District of New York announced last night that Ricardo Garza, 52, of Houston, TX, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and to distribute, five kilograms or more of cocaine and 100 kilograms or more of marijuana, was sentenced to 151 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who handled the case, stated that between January 2010 and December 9, 2011, the defendant conspired with James Leon, Richard Himbury, Daniel Garza and others, to distribute cocaine and marijuana. Garza supplied the drugs to James Leon who then redistributed them to Himbury and others.
On November 15, 2011, special agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force executed a search warrant at James Leon's residence in State Route 394 in the Town of Coldspring, NY. Officers found a grocery bag full of marijuana in the living room and a canister containing approximately four ounces of cocaine in the bathroom, as well as scales used to measure quantities of controlled substances.
Richard Himbury was arrested on November 15, 2011. Agents then searched his residence on St. Amelia Drive in Tonawanda, NY and located approximately eight kilograms of cocaine, 100 pounds of marijuana and $100,000.00 in United States currency. Himbury stated to the agents that one of his sources of supply was James Leon adding that Leon's source of supply for cocaine and marijuana was a Mexican male, later identified as Ricardo Garza.
James Leon, Richard Himbury, and Daniel Garza have been convicted and are awaiting sentencing.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, Buffalo Resident Office and members of the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force.