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The Willacy County and District Attorney’s Office announced today that Stephanie Ann Garcia, 28, of Harlingen, TX, was found guilty for possession of methamphetamine and for possession of marihuana.

Garcia was sentenced to 10 years in prison for each criminal offense. 

On December 16, 2010, at about 1:27 p.m., Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Richard Pacheco was patrolling U.S. 77 in Willacy County when he observed Garcia commit a traffic violation. 

When the Trooper met with Garcia for the traffic violation, he noticed that she was extremely nervous, avoided eye contact, and provided an implausible reason for her travel. 

The Trooper was granted consent to search the vehicle, which revealed 8 bundles of a powdery substance later determined to be methamphetamine wrapped in gray duck tape. In addition, 25 bundles of marihuana wrapped in black tape was also located. 

The contraband was located in a trapped door to an aftermarket compartment hidden underneath the back seat of the vehicle. 

The punishment range for possession of a controlled substance ranges from probation to 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a fine not to exceed $100,000. 

The punishment range for possession of marihuana ranges from probation to 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. 

The District Attorney’s Office will aggressively prosecute crimes involving drug trafficking and would like to thank the Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Richard Pacheco for his participation in this case. 

The case was prosecuted by District Attorney Bernard W. Ammerman and Border Prosecutor David Coronado.
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