LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A 34-year-old Las Vegas man was convicted Friday on drug charges by a federal jury in Florida.

Noel Alfredo Garcia faces a minimum of 10 years in prison for conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

Garcia and another man were involved in the transport of nearly 30 pounds of methamphetamine from Victorville, California, to Lakeland, Florida, according to evidence presented at trial. The Florida Highway Patrol stopped Garcia on Jan. 29, 2024, and officers found the methamphetamine in his trunk.

Garcia was indicted on March 12.

Phone records showed he constantly communicated with co-defendant Jesus Villapudua before and during Garcia’s drive to Florida. Prior to this delivery, Garcia made multiple other trips across the country to transport narcotics and the proceeds of narcotics sales, according to trial evidence.

Villapudua pleaded guilty to the same offenses on May 23.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Florida Highway Patrol, with assistance from the Bradenton Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Jeff Chang and Samantha Newman.

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