Israel Felix Garcia, 32, was a passenger in his girlfriend’s car. In October 2018, they were traveling from California to Topeka when the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped them on I-70 at milepost 341 in Wabaunsee County, Kansas.
Inside the vehicle, the trooper found two plastic-wrapped packs of crystal methamphetamine in two child safety seats. He found more under the rear window deck. A total amount was 15 pounds.
Speaking through a Spanish translator, Garcia declared to the investigators that he was being paid $400 per bundle to transport drugs. He also stated that his girlfriend and two toddlers were not aware of that. He was supposed to meet someone in Topeka and move the meth to another vehicle.
As a court records show, he told the investigators the trip was his first one. He claimed that he was transporting drugs because he needed money to pay for the newborn’s medical expenses.
In April, he pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Garcia was sentenced on Monday to four years and three months in federal prison for transporting 15 pounds of meth in infant safety seats and other parts of the car.