Last week, Cenon Agripin Garcia was knocked for facilitating a cocaine pipeline from Chicago into Grand Rapids, MI. Garcia, a native of Mexico, was arraigned on a felony count of conspiracy to deliver more than 1,000 grams of coke, a charge that could carry a potential life sentence.
Garcia has been on the boys’ radar since March 2014, when he was released from probation for a 2008 weed trafficking charge. In November of 2008, Garcia was stopped in his car. A search of the vehicle yielded 18 pounds of bud and $10,000 in cash. The traffic stop led to a search of his home, where police found 80 more pounds of weed (packaged by the pound) and $4,500. Six commercial-grade air fresheners were placed above each window. Garcia pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to pay a $20,000 fine. His wife also pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug house. She was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to serve 240 hours of community service. A condition was that the couple pay income taxes on their weed proceeds, which remain largely unpaid. In November, a garnishee order was mandated to get the $15,500 owed.
It would seem that Garcia and his wife would try to stay low after all that. However, Garcia decided to step his game up and orchestrated a cocaine pipeline from Chi-Town into Grand Rapids, that pumped more than 30 pounds (about 15 kilos) every week, supplied by major a major Chicago drug trafficking organization. Two or three times a week, Garcia paid an unnamed individual to deliver 11 pounds (reportedly worth $115,000).
It all started when the laws seized one of the 11-pound shipments from a the trunk of a car parked outside of a home. In the home, they found an additional kilo and 28 ounces of heroin. The car’s owner said that he was paid $500 per mission, to go to Chicago and pick up shipments. In another home in the area, they found a small amount of dope and 12 ounces of coke.
The beginning of the end for Garcia started last Monday night. Police learned that one of Garcia’s custies, Demario Darrell Hairston, 29, was expecting a kilo to be delivered to him. The cops replaced the coke with a sham substance and delivered it to Hairston, who was waiting outside of a restaurant. Hairston was arrested after the “reverse buy.” Garcia was arrested the next day during a traffic stop.
An additional $20,000 in cash and a small package of pills were found in the home of Hairston’s girlfriend. He is facing 20 years in prison for intent to distribute more than 500 grams of cocaine. Garcia will learn if he will be put away for the rest of his life at sentencing on March 9.