EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 5, 2012

Man pleads guilty to drug, weapons charges


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — BOSTON – A Lawrence man was convicted yesterday in U.S. District Court on drug and weapons related charges.

Alberto Feliz Garcia, 34, pleaded guilty before Judge Mark L. Wolf to being a felon in possession of a firearm, being an alien in possession of a firearm, passport fraud, and possession with intent to distribute heroin.

On the morning of Oct. 17, 2011, ICE agents, armed with a federal arrest warrant for passport fraud, encountered Garcia at his home where he was arrested in a second-floor bedroom.

Agents recovered a Fabrique Nacional 5.7 semi-automatic pistol loaded with 19 rounds of ammunition. The agents noted that the serial numbers on the pistol were obliterated.

Later Garcia consented to a search of the home which recovered 517 grams of heroin, 45 grams of crack cocaine, 32 rounds of 9mm ammunition and $12,040 in United States currency.

Judge Wolf scheduled sentencing for Jan. 24, 2013.

On the drug charges Garcia faces a minimum mandatory term of five years and up to life in prison, five years to life on supervised release and a $5 million fine. On the weapons charges

Garcia faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. On the passport fraud Garcia faces a maximum mandatory term of 10 years in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. Following the completion of his sentence Garcia will be placed in removal proceedings and deported to the Dominican Republic.