A woman was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Nashville to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for conspiracy to engage in money laundering.
Angela Marie Garcia, 40, bought real estate and cashed checks with drug money. She was also involved in a drug conspiracy with seven other defendants who were all charged with possession of more than a ton of marijuana. She pleaded guilty to the money laundering charge in order to get a lesser sentence. The possession charge was then dismissed.
She was considered to be “drug debit collector” in the conspiracy, according to the government prosecutors. The conspirators, including Garcia’s husband, possessed with intent to distribute 2,300 kilograms of marijuana from Mexico.
According to Garcia’s attorney, five others have already been sentenced and one is expected to plead guilty.
She was arrested in August 2011 in Scottsville, Ky.
“This is a harsh sentence,” Judge Aleta A. Trauger said at the sentencing. However, she explained that sentencing looks at the defendant’s background and “whether or not you learned from your mistakes.”
Garcia has two prior drug felonies for intent to distribute 26 grams of cocaine and intent to distribute 100 kilograms of marijuana, respectively. Judge Trauger recommended for her to receive mental health treatment, drug abuse treatment and vocational training while incarcerated.
She has been married twice and has five children with ages ranging from 12 to 23 years old.
Amanda Gambill is with Siegenthaler News Service – MTSU. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.