Members of a drug trafficking ring that spans from South Texas to the panhandle are behind bars. Jimmy Tony Cordova, 34, and Ambrosio Garcia Jr., 24, are charged with possession with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of cocaine.
On Friday, both Cordova and Garcia were jailed each on $75,000 bond. This comes after a drug bust and eight-liner raid at a Central Lubbock Game Room late Thursday. NewsChannel 11 was the only station at the scene Thursday night. But due to the nature of the investigation, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office asked we hold the story until Friday.
In surveillance footage, authorities from South and West Texas work together to arrest Garcia and Cordova for alleged drug involvement. This comes after officers made a reverse sale at a Slaton Highway Hotel. "Normally the officers purchase narcotics, in these occurrences we sold narcotics to these individuals," Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez said.
Just hours later, officers executed a search warrant at Pot-O-Gold Game Room on 19th and Avenue S. NewsChannel 11 was the only station there as officers seized nearly 40 eight liner machines, drugs and money.
Gutierrez says officers learned through the investigation Garcia is the allegedly owner of Pot-O-Gold. "Money was utilized generated by the eight liner to purchase the narcotics and also the eight lining businesses was paying out cash dividends which is against the law here in the State of Texas," Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez also says it was learned Garcia and Cordova's intent was to allegedly sell the five kilos of cocaine on Lubbock streets, an amount estimated to be worth nearly half a million dollars.
NewsChannel 11 has also learned both Garcia and Cordova have already been to prison for drug trafficking, and we're told there is history of gang involvement.
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