Authorities arrest suspected members of Garcia Drug Trafficking Organization in Holland, Toledo

Three men, Carl McLane (left), Steven Garcia-Martinez (center), and Juan Luis Marquez (right)...
Three men, Carl McLane (left), Steven Garcia-Martinez (center), and Juan Luis Marquez (right) were arrested for drug trafficking and distribution in Northwest Ohio.(Lucas County Corrections Center)
Published: Aug. 27, 2021 at 11:16 AM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Three men were arrested in northwest Ohio and are facing drug-related charges after federal authorities say they conspired to distribute drugs during an August investigation.

Steven Garcia-Martinez, of Toledo, Carl McLane, of Holland, and Juan Luis Marquez, of Chicago, were all arrested on warrants for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute and Distribute a Controlled Substance.

The trio made court appearances on Friday, where they all waived their preliminary hearings. Their cases are now bound over to the Grand Jury. McLane waived his detention hearing, while Marquez will have his detention hearing on Wednesday afternoon, and Garcia will have his on Thursday morning.

According to an affidavit, the men were members of the Garcia Drug Trafficking Organization, based in Toledo. The Garcia DTO transports narcotics that originate in Mexico to the interior of the United States, including Toledo and Chicago. Law enforcement identified Steven Garcia-Martinez as the head of the Garcia DTO, which distributes multi-kilogram quantities of cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl in the northwest Ohio area.

Authorities began investigating McLane after agents interviewed a confidential source, who identified McLane as a kilogram-level trafficker of heroin, fentanyl, and cocaine in the Toledo area. Agents began surveillance on residences in the 9600 block of Frankfort Rd. in Holland, where McLane was known to reside.

Agents had the confidential source make contact with McLane in June for the purchase of cocaine, which occurred on Frankfort Rd. Later in June, they also observed McLane meet with another individual who has a criminal history of drug possession and trafficking.

Authorities also conducted wire and electronic investigations on Garcia and Marquez, including conversations with each other and McLane that details drug shipments and transactions.

Investigators also revealed a strained relationship between Marquez and Garcia. During one phone conversation on Aug. 22, Garcia discussed with an unknown Mexican male how to deal with Marquez, including kidnapping and killing him.

A translated transcript of the conversation included Garcia saying the following:

Authorities said “the tower” referred to an apartment building in Chicago where Marquez lived.

Search warrants were issued on Aug. 24 on the properties in Holland, including a third property on Frankfort and another on N. Eber. During the execution of those warrants, agents seized approximately 30 kilograms of suspected cocaine and large amounts of bulk currency from the properties. McLane was found at one of the Frankfort properties, where he was arrested.

Garcia traveled to Holland, Mich., on that same day to purchase a vehicle with drug proceeds for Marquez. A judge issued a search warrant for Garcia’s residence in the 700 block of Brighton in Toledo. He was arrested after he drove back to Ohio from Michigan. Agents found $30,000 and a loaded Hi-Point .380 pistol, loaded with Sig Sauer ammunition, which is not produced in Ohio. Garcia is a convicted felon not allowed to possess a firearm or ammunition, which investigators believe he traveled over state lines to purchase.

On Aug. 25, Marquez flew from Chicago to Detroit, where he was picked up and driven to Ohio. Marquez and the driver were stopped by law enforcement after driving past the Holland target locations, and Marquez was arrested.

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