Feds work with county on busts netting 2,200 pounds of cocaine

| 7/23/2007

Federal officials say cooperation between Immigration and Customs Enforcement and a county agency prevented $100 million worth of cocaine from hitting the streets.

According to an ICE news release, ICE agents and investigators from the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s High Intensity Drug Task Force watched a tractor-trailer leave Monte Cristo, TX, this past week during suspected drug transaction surveillance. Officers initiated a traffic stop and agents arrested driver Robert Davila, who admitted cocaine was in the vehicle. Agents seized 888 pounds inside Davila’s rig.

Less than 24 hours later on Thursday, July 19, agents received information about drugs being stored at a trailer parked at a house near Edinburg, TX. Agents went to the house and arrested Martin Garcia.

Garcia, 46, of Edinburg, TX, and Davila, 56, of San Carlos, TX, were charged with possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy with intent to distribute cocaine.

Both are being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Texas.

Julie Myers, assistant secretary for Homeland Security, said in a prepared press statement that the seizure was ICE’s largest of the year.

“Clearly, traffickers underestimated the excellent working relationships we have with our local law enforcement partners,” Myers said. “We will continue to investigate this crime and follow the evidence to the source.”