March 11, 2016
Contact: Wendell Campbell
Phone Number: (713) 693-3000
Fugitive Felon Sent To Federal Prison For Gun And Drug Possession
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A previously convicted felon has been ordered to serve 10 years in federal prison following his convictions for illegally possessing a firearm and methamphetamine, announced Drug Enforcement (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson. Doroteo Ray Garcia, 38, of Corpus Christi, pleaded guilty to the charges Sept. 28, 2015.
Today, U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos sentenced Garcia to 120 months on each count of conviction to be served concurrently. The sentence will be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.
In 2012, Garcia was convicted of a federal felony narcotics charge. Following his release from prison, he was to serve three years of supervised release. When he failed to follow all of the conditions of that release a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On May 6, 2015, members of the U.S. Marshals (USMS) - Violent Fugitive Task Force attempted to serve that warrant and observed him driving a silver Ford pickup in Corpus Christi. The Corpus Christi Police (CCPD) pulled in behind Garcia’s vehicle and activated their emergency lights, at which time Garcia accelerated and attempted to evade the officers. A high speed chase ensued. Garcia eventually left the roadway and his pickup became stuck in loose sand. When he was taken into custody, Garcia had a pair of “brass knuckles” in his pocket and officers observed a Lorcin pistol behind the center console within easy reach of the driver’s seat. Officers also discovered several small plastic bags containing methamphetamine inside the truck.
Garcia will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
The charges were the result of an investigation by CCPD, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, USMS and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert D. Thorpe Jr.