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

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

UPDATED
by Julie Montanaro
January 30, 2013
10:09pm

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

He'll be sentenced February 4th.


UPDATED
by Julie Montanaro
January 30, 2013
7:10pm

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.

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[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.

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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.”

ARRESTED:
Garcia Nicholson
DOB: 11-28-1974


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