WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon May 21, 2012
Last Defendant in Marijuana Ring Sentenced
The final of six defendants charged in connection with a marijuana ring that spanned from Mexico to Texas to Kentucky will serve ten years in prison. Exsaul Silva-Garcia of McAllen Texas was convicted in February on charges of possession with intent to distribute over 1,000 kilograms of marijuana.
Prosecutors say Silva-Garcia went to Louisville in February of 2010 to coordinate the distribution of a marijuana shipment with a street value of $6,000,000. However, that plan ran into problems when the tractor trailer carrying the shipment became stuck at the entrance to a sod farm in eastern Jefferson County. He was arrested at a gas station, where he had gone to attempt to secure a tow truck.
David J. Hale, U-S Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky says Silva-Garcia will face five years of supervised release, after serving the ten year sentence. The case was investigated by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.