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Published on April 19, 2024
Corpus Christi Man Sentenced to 200 Months for Meth Distribution, Firearms PossessionSource: Google Street View

A Corpus Christi man's nap in a parking lot ended with a hefty 200-month prison sentence after he was found with meth and a firearm. Adolfo Tovar, 36, was slapped with a sentence for possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, as announced by U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani, according to an official statement on the Department of Justice's website.

The sentence didn't come as a surprise given Tovar's "serious and significant criminal history," which includes attempted robbery and second-degree robbery convictions. On April 10, 2021, Tovar’s snooze went south when an observant citizen noticed him passed out in an awkwardly parked vehicle at a local gas station. His slumber was interrupted by authorities, which led to an unexpected show-and-tell session when he accidentally dropped two baggies suspected of containing illegal drugs while providing identification.

What seemed like a simple welfare check quickly escalated as officers spotted drug paraphernalia in plain view inside Tovar's SUV. A comprehensive search unearthed meth, scales, additional baggies in the center console, and a hidden firearm under the driver's seat. Tovar had confessed to the charges on December 1, 2022, leading up to his recent sentencing by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos, stated in the press release.

The convicted felon is set to be a guest of the Bureau of Prisons for the next 16-plus years, followed by a five-year period of supervised release. The arrest and subsequent investigation were the collective efforts of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, with the Corpus Christi Police Department lending a hand. Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Dunn was responsible for prosecuting Tovar's case.