LUBBOCK, TX -- Federal agents and Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested two people last week who were accused of bringing 11 pounds (five kilos) of methamphetamine from Phoenix, Arizona to Lubbock. Michael Alvarado Garcia, 42, of Slaton and Haylie Nicole Moreno, 26, of Lubbock might both face life in prison because of the large quantity of methamphetamine confiscated from their SUV.
Court records said Garcia, Moreno and Moreno’s 6-year-old daughter left Lubbock on July 14 and were followed by agents and deputies. Court records said they were seen picking up two shoe boxes from a residence and returning immediately to Lubbock. Court records also said as soon as they crossed into Lubbock County, on July 16, they were stopped and arrested.
Court records said under questioning Moreno admitted there was something illegal in the SUV and she identified where it was. Officers tested the material and said it was identified as methamphetamine.
Both have been charged in a criminal complaint which was made public on Friday, and federal prosecutors have asked a magistrate for permission to keep Garcia and Moreno in jail while their trial is pending. According to court records the justification for not letting them post bond is the possibility of life in prison and the “safety of any other person and the community.”
The magistrate will decide at a later date if they can post bond to get out of jail.