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Robber ran major drug ring from prison, federal authorities allege

Agents say the man in prison for robbery since 2004, operated a drug-dealing gang active in California by using smuggled cellphones.
by Andrew Knittle and Nolan Clay Modified: September 22, 2013 at 11:01 pm •  Published: September 22, 2013

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In state prison since 2004 for robbery, inmate Marsial “Oso” Garcia still found a way to operate a major drug ring, federal authorities say.

He used smuggled cellphones, authorities say.

Garcia, 31, pleaded guilty last week in Oklahoma City federal court to cocaine distribution and a money-laundering conspiracy involving more than $200,000.

He will be sentenced later.

Beginning in November 2011, from prison, Garcia arranged with suppliers in California and elsewhere to send “multi-pound quantities of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and other illegal narcotics” to Oklahoma for distribution, according to a federal indictment against 11 other defendants.

The drugs were stored at a “stash house” in Norman, according to the indictment.

Some of those drugs made their way into Oklahoma prisons, the FBI said.

Garcia was identified by the FBI and by Oklahoma City police as a leader of the SUR Movement prison gang.

Leaders in the gang do not carry their own cellphones, FBI Special Agent James Furr testified at a hearing in July.

Garcia especially would not want to be caught with a cellphone since he had been close to getting out of prison.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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