Drug ring leader sentenced to 23 years

BEAUMONT, TX Jose Reyes Garcia, 32, pleaded guilty in November to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, cocaine base and marijuana.

Authorities began investigating the drug ring in 2002, finding it spread from the Texas-Mexico border to other states. Undercover officers and others cooperating with the investigation bought weapons and drugs from the conspirators, prosecutors said.

More than a dozen others from East Texas, Houston and California have been sentenced in the scheme with sentences ranging from two years to 19 1/2 years.

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