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Drug Dealer 'Gordo' Gets Fat Sentence

A drug dealer known as "Gordo" who operated in the Stamford area will spend nearly six years in prison for distribution of crack and powder cocaine. Tommy Garcia, 27, of the Bronx, N.Y., was sentenced to 70 months on Thursday in Hartford by Chief U.S. District Judge Alvin W. Thompson, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice, District of Connecticut. In addition, Garcia's imprisonment will be followed by five years of supervised release.

Garcia pleaded guilty in April to one count of conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine and 50 grams or more of cocaine base, or crack cocaine. According to the statement, he had worked as a runner for a New York drug-trafficking organization, delivering and accepting payments for drugs.

Garcia had been detained since his Dec. 2 arrest. He had no previous criminal record. The case was part of a six-month Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation called "Operation Big Loot" spearheaded by the Stamford Police Department's Narcotics and Organized Crime Squad, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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