United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas

08/30/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/30/2021 17:11

Ceramic Art Concealed 3.4 Kilograms of Methamphetamine

PECOS - A federal jury convicted a Dallas man last Thursday for possessing methamphetamine.

According to court documents and evidence presented at trial, Oscar Santiago Garcia Sanchez, 32, drove a vehicle with a trailer filled with ceramic art pieces into the Presidio Port of Entry. During inspection, Customs and Border Protection officers discovered a crystal substance inside the art pieces. The substance turned out to be 3.4 kilograms of methamphetamine.

Sanchez faces up to life in prison. His sentencing date has been set for November 23, 2021. Sanchez has remained in federal custody since his arrest on February 2, 2021.

U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff of the Western District of Texas; Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Erik P. Breitzke, El Paso Division; Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Patrol Agent in Charge Sean McGoffin, Big Bend Sector; and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Kyle Williamson, El Paso Division, made the announcement.

The HSI, CBP, and DEA are investigating the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Weber is prosecuting the case.