Maryland Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Charges Related to a Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Per the U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland
– U.S. District Judge Lydia K. Griggsby sentenced William Reyes Garcia, a/k/a “Will,” age 33, of Silver Spring, Maryland, yesterday to 15 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, as well as for being a felon in possession of ammunition.  

According to Reyes Garcia’s plea agreement and other court documents, between September 2020 and January 2022, Reyes Garcia and his co-conspirators participated in a drug trafficking organization (DTO) that distributed at least five kilograms of cocaine.  Based on chats, phone calls, and other intercepted communications and evidence, Reyes Garcia was a manager or supervisor of the DTO.

As detailed in the statement of facts, during the investigation four packages containing approximately 15.65 kilograms of cocaine were seized by law enforcement.  The packages were shipped from Brownsville, Texas to an address associated with the DTO, Business 1 in Beltsville, Maryland.  Reyes Garcia’s fingerprints were obtained from one of the lids on the cocaine containers in the packages.  Law enforcement identified three additional packages, which investigators believe also contained narcotics, that were sent to Business 1 and to a co-conspirator’s residence.  Tracking information obtained from the shipping company revealed that an IP address associated with Reyes Garcia tracked the seized packages containing cocaine as well as the additional packages.  In October 2021, law enforcement seized an approximately two-kilogram package of cocaine that was sent to Reyes, Jr.  Intercepted communications following the seizure allegedly showed that this package of cocaine was intended for distribution by the DTO.

Search warrants were executed at locations associated with Reyes Garcia’s residence on January 20, 2022, and law enforcement recovered: more than 139 grams of cocaine and more than 101 kilograms of marijuana; a privately manufactured 9mm semi-automatic handgun, commonly known as a “ghost gun”; a magazine loaded with 22 rounds of 9mm ammunition; 53 rounds of .40-caliber ammunition; 42 rounds of .45-caliber ammunition; 50 rounds of .380-caliber ammunition; firearms parts, including a frame, slide, barrel, barrel spring, and magazine; and drug paraphernalia, including digital scales with drug residue and a money counter.

Reyes knew that he had a previous felony conviction and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition.

Co-defendants Fabricio Alexis Rivera, a/k/a “Breeze,” age 32, of Rockville, Maryland and Rodney Ricky Rivera, a/k/a “Rodney,” age 29, of Beltsville, Maryland previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.  Fernando Josue Garcia, a/k/a “Nando,” age 32, of Glenn Dale, Maryland and Noel Reyes, Jr., a/k/a “June,” age 30, of Bowie, Maryland, pleaded guilty to their roles in the conspiracy and were sentenced to 63 months and 72 months in federal prison, respectively.  Charges remain pending against three other co-defendants.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge James C. Harris of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Baltimore; Special Agent in Charge Jarod Forget of the Drug Enforcement Administration – Washington Division; Chief Marcus Jones of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department.

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