Guilty Verdict in 100 Pounds of Pot Drug Trafficking Trial [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Julie Montanaro; Deneige Broom Email
By: Julie Montanaro; Deneige Broom Email

by Julie Montanaro
January 30, 2013

A jury found Garcia Nicholson guilty of trafficking in marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.

He'll be sentenced February 4th.

by Julie Montanaro
January 30, 2013

The jury is now deliberating. We'll keep you posted on a verdict.

By: Julie Montanao
January, 30, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Garcia Nicholson is now on trial for trafficking in marijuana.

Leon County deputies found nearly 100 pounds of marijuana at his Lewis Boulevard home last year.

Brown bags full of drugs and other evidence fill a bench in courtroom 3A.

Nicholson is also facing attempted murder charges, but he will be tried for that separately.

[UPDATE] April 9, 2012 - 6:08p.m. - by Deneige Broom

The home at 732 Lewis Boulevard South in Tallahassee can be hard to see through the thick shrubbery out front.

However that's nothing compared to the greenery deputies found inside the home.

One hundred pounds of marijuana were carried out of 37 year-old-Garcia Nicholson's home Saturday.

Lt. James McQuaig from the Leon County Sheriff's Office says stumbling across something like this, means a lot.

"You look at the lives that could be negatively impacted by this 100 pounds of marijuana reaching the streets," said McQuaig. "We're talking a street value of almost a half million dollars."

The Leon County Sheriff's Office didn't go there looking for drugs.

They were actually following up on a shooting.

A woman says she and Nicholson got into an argument about sunglasses.

She says that's when Nicholson shot at her while she was sitting in a car.

"The real success of this story is that I'm reporting a drug seizure to you and not a murder," said McQuaig.

They later found Nicholson and searched his home on Lewis Boulevard South in south Leon County.

That's when they hit a vice investigator's jackpot.

"I know that there are many seizures on a daily basis around the world that are much bigger than this one but this one is locally impacting the drug community," said McQuaig.

Nicholson is still in jail for several charges including attempted murder and trafficking marijuana.

The woman who reported the domestic dispute wasn't seriously injured.


[UPDATE] April 9, 2012 - Noon -

A shooting incident leads deputies to a half million dollars worth of marijuana. Deputies say they were investigating a domestic dispute when they discovered the pot inside the suspect's home.

Deputies went to Lewis Boulevard South in south Leon County because a woman said Garcia Nicholson shot at her while she was sitting in her car.

When they went into his home with a search warrant, deputies found 100 pounds of marijuana, 2500 dollars in cash and a gun.
Deputies do say that marijuana would have sold for between 450 and 500 thousand dollars on the street.

Nicholson is being charged with a number of things, including attempted murder, burglary and trafficking marijuana.
Deputies aren't saying if the woman and Nicholson was currently dating, but that they did know each other.

Coming up tonight on Eyewitness News, we'll try and talk to neighbors about all of this pot being in their neighborhood.


April 9, 2012 by Julie Montanaro

Leon County Sheriff's deputies investigating a shooting discovered 100 pounds of marijuana in the suspect's home.

LCSO spokesman James McQuaig says Garcia Nicholson is under arrest for attempted murder. He says Nicholson fired a shot at his girlfriend while the two were in a car.

McQuaig says a subsequent search of Nicholson's house on Lewis Boulevard South uncovered lots of marijuana.

LCSO Release:

On Saturday, April 7, 2012, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 700 block of Lewis Boulevard South in reference to a disturbance. Deputies arrived in the area and located the victim who
told them that Garcia Nicholson, 37, had just shot at her after the two got into an argument over a pair of glasses. The victim told detectives that when the argument started, Nicholson pulled a revolver and began struggling with her as she sat in her car. During the struggle, Nicholson shot the handgun into the car in close proximity to the victim’s head.

Deputies located Nicholson in his vehicle on Ross Road as he was leaving the area. Violent Crimes Detectives served search warrants on Nicholson’s car and residence. During the search, detectives located .357 magnum ammunition, 100 pounds of marijuana and $2500.00 cash. Nicholson was taken to the Leon County Jail.

Sheriff Larry Campbell stated, “The victim in this case was fortunate not to have been shot and killed. I’m glad the deputies were able to apprehend this man in short order and ultimately prevent one
hundred pounds of marijuana from reaching our streets.”

Garcia Nicholson
DOB: 11-28-1974

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    This comment has been deleted.
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      by izitjustme? on Apr 10, 2012 at 08:29 PM in reply to
      How's it goin' TPS??? Bagged anyone lately??
  • by WastedResources Location: Tallahassee on Apr 10, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    This story would be more interesting if it was a dangerous drug bust. There's probably 100 homegrowers in the surrounding quadrant of the city to replace the lost supply. The LCSO just effectively raised market capitalization for the rest of the homegrowers because the demand doesn't go down. The fact that demand doesn't go down coupled to the lack of harm speaks to the waste of resources in a fight against cannabis.
  • by izitjustme? on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:26 AM
    Betcha he was drunk.
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      by Hammer on Apr 10, 2012 at 08:12 PM in reply to izitjustme?
      More likely stoned.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 10:05 AM
    prices just went up for cancer and pain patients...:/
  • by gertrude on Apr 10, 2012 at 06:44 AM
    JACK"POT" Kudos law enforcement agencies!!!
  • by TruthBeTold on Apr 10, 2012 at 04:28 AM
    How stupid can you be to have that amount of drugs at your residence and be away from your home feuding and shooting over a pair of sunglasses. He could have simply purchased another pair. Just plain ignorance at its worst.
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      by Dee on Apr 10, 2012 at 09:08 AM in reply to TruthBeTold
      Most likely NOT over sunglasses. This "young lady" cough,cough.... was probably a customer who tried to rip him off.
  • by dilligas Location: havana on Apr 10, 2012 at 03:41 AM
    Good to see they put a criminal off the street. They could put him out of business by legalizing, regulating and taxing. Not to mention saving money on prosecuting and incarcerating possession cases. My guess the dealer would go to jail for something else.
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      by Hammer on Apr 10, 2012 at 08:09 PM in reply to dilligas
      actually, with the production base he had, he would be the new Phillip Morris of Mary Jane.
  • by Sunglasses? on Apr 10, 2012 at 03:38 AM
    We didn't fall off the turnip truck yesterday.
  • by anon Location: fla on Apr 10, 2012 at 02:28 AM
    this guy is too dumb to be a drug dealer who stores 100 lbs. of pot in his house and gets into an altercation that leads the cops right back to his house?NONEED TO PROFILE HIM.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2012 at 05:05 PM in reply to anon
      Over-confident. Wonder why? And in other news -- man on the street asks a question -- "Wow, when was the last time a local wholesaler was busted?"
  • by Alan Location: Wakulla on Apr 9, 2012 at 07:51 PM
    It ought to be taxed but the beer & alcohol companies don't want to hear that.
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