FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) A man who tried to get rid of a kilogram of cocaine while fleeing from police was sentenced to spend more than 15 years behind bars.
On Friday, a judge with the Northern District of Indiana sentenced Pedro Garza, 34, of Fort Wayne to 188 months in prison and four years of supervised release. Garza pleaded guilty to possessing with the intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.
Back in December of 2012, Garza was arrested after he had been in contact with a confidential informant and arranged to sell a kilogram of cocaine for $38,500, according to court documents cited in a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The location for the deal was set for a parking lot off of Lima Road.
Police set up surveillance and confirmed that Garza had the kilogram of cocaine. As officers attempted to make an arrest, Garza rode off in the passenger seat of a vehicle and started a high speed chase. The chase ended in Whitley County when the vehicle crashed into a fence.
During the chase, two cell phones and the kilogram of cocaine were thrown from the vehicle.
Documents didn’t outline exactly how many miles the chase went. However, the distance from the two locations mentioned in the release, U.S. 30 to County Line Road in Whitley County, is 11 miles.
The driver of the car, Louis Juarez Cabrea, was charged with aiding and abetting the possession of a kilogram of cocaine. He pleaded guilty and in March was sentenced to five years in prison and four years of supervised release.
Officers with the Fort Wayne Police Department Vice and Narcotics Division, members of the Fort Wayne Emergency Service Team (EST) and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration, assisted in this investigation.