Nabbed again: L.A. man could face
drug trafficking charge a second time in county

The Western Colorado Drug Task Force on Tuesday recovered 5-plus pounds of methamphetamine in a rental car driven by a Los Angeles man on Interstate 70, resulting in the man’s second trafficking arrest in Mesa County in 14 years.

Carlos Garcia, 36, was advised of possible charges including possession with intent to distribute, and importation of a controlled substance, during his first appearance on Wednesday before County Court Judge Gretchen Larson. A conviction on the importation charge carries minimum mandatory prison time: 8 to 24 years. Garcia was ordered held on $100,000 bond.

A Task Force officer, who was parked watching traffic on the right shoulder of I-70 near milepost 11 around 10:40 a.m. Tuesday, stopped the Dodge Avenger that Garcia was driving for allegedly weaving and speeding. Garcia explained he was driving from California to visit his cousin in Colorado Springs, according to an arrest affidavit.

Garcia allegedly agreed to let the officer search his car.

In the trunk, officers opened a cooler and found three packages of suspected meth hidden inside the liner of the cooler, the affidavit said.

Garcia was arrested in Mesa County in 1999 for transporting eight pounds of marijuana via the Greyhound Bus depot in Grand Junction, according to the affidavit. He was convicted in connection with that case.


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