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Accused cartel member will be released from Lubbock jail

Esteban Garcia to be released from jail (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center) Esteban Garcia to be released from jail (Source: Lubbock County Detention Center)
LUBBOCK COUNTY, TX (KCBD) -

An accused member of the Cartel will be released from the Lubbock County Detention Center.

A federal judge accepted the agreement between the prosecution and defense to allow 28-year-old Esteban Garcia to be released from jail with conditions.

"At this stage, neither I nor the local prosecutor have been provided with any evidence that even reflects Cartel involvement," said David Guinn, Garcia's attorney. 

Garcia's drug-related charges were filed in El Paso, which is where he will be tried.

Guinn said the indictment alleges Garcia was involved in drug-related phone calls in November of 2014, possibly tying him to a cocaine conspiracy.

Garcia was arrested after a raid at the home he was renting in Lubbock's southwest neighborhood of LakeRidge.

Agents with Homeland Security and the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office raided two other homes that week. 

During this operation, they seized 61 pounds of narcotics, $38,000 in cash, vehicles, motorcycles, boats and a jet ski.

There are multiple defendants in this case and Garcia, and as part of his conditions, Garcia will not be allowed to speak to any of them.

Guinn said it could take some time before Garcia is released from the Lubbock County Detention Center because certain conditions must be met prior to his release.

A landline must be installed at his sister's home, where he will be staying, for his electronic monitoring device.

On Wednesday, his sister agreed to be a third custodian, telling the judge she will make sure Garcia follows his conditions and makes his court appearances. Garcia will have an arraignment with the next two weeks.

Guinn said Garcia's passport must also be surrendered before he can be released. 

Garcia's bond is set at $100,000.

There are more conditions Garcia must follow once he is released.

He agreed to sell his trucking company and look for other employment.

Garcia will also be required to take drug and alcohol tests.

His outings will be limited and he must be home by his 11 p.m. curfew unless he is working.

The judge approved of Garcia's release after considering the safety of the community and ensuring Garcia would not be a flight risk.

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