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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

“So other individuals that are going to be in longer will hold the phone for him, especially when they think there's going to be a search or things of that nature,” the agent testified.

Three other inmates are accused of roles in the drug ring.

One inmate was described by the FBI agent as a facilitator who used contraband cellphones to “have individuals deliver stuff to other individuals.”

Separate case

Garcia is facing a separate state assault and conspiracy case that accuses him of ordering the shooting of another inmate's son.

Oklahoma City police reported the gunmen shot a 13-year-old boy and the boy's mother by mistake.

Both victims survived the January attack.

An informant told police that Garcia and two other SUR Movement gang leaders ordered the shooting during “a three-way phone call” from prison, according to a police affidavit.

Garcia has pleaded not guilty to the state case.

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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