Two from Los Angeles Stopped by State Police are Indicted on Drug Charges following HSI Investigation

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PITTSBURGH, PA- Two residents of Los Angeles, California, have been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, PA on charges of violating federal narcotics laws, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The two-count Indictment names Gabriel A. Garcia, age 26, and Alvaro Medina Elenes, age 44, as defendants.

According to the Indictment, on or about May 26, 2021, Garcia and Elenes did knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully conspire to and did possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 400 grams or more of fentanyl.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than ten years in prison and up to life, a fine not to exceed $10,000,000, and a term of supervised release of at least five years. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Rebecca L. Silinski is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police conducted the traffic stop leading to the seizure of the controlled substances and special agents with Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


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