Rio Grande City lawyer charged with DWI, drug possession

Man claims substance, which found to be cocaine, was prescribed

EDINBURG — A Rio Grande City lawyer faces state drug and driving while intoxicated charges after he was pulled over Monday night in Edinburg after running a red light.

Juan Eduardo Garcia was booked in the Hidalgo County jail on the afternoon of July 4 on one count of driving while intoxicated and one count of possession of a controlled substance.

He was released later that day on a $7,500 personal recognizance bond, jail records state.

Garcia was stopped by Edinburg Police around 8:50 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Jackson and Trenton Roads.

During the traffic stop Garcia admitted he made a mistake running the red light and had one beer earlier in the day, according to the criminal complaint.

The officer noted that Garcia showed signs of intoxication such as “red blood watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol.”

Garcia refused to submit to a blood-alcohol level test.

The officer also discovered what appeared to be a white powdery substance on a dollar bill inside his wallet, an allegation Garcia denies.

“I don’t believe they have any substance,” Garcia said in a telephone interview Thursday. “The prescription will hold up.”

The 41-year-old attorney did not elaborate on what the prescription was, however, the substance, which weighed 1 gram, later tested for cocaine, the complaint states.

Garcia has been a licensed lawyer in Texas since 2005 and specializes in criminal defense.

“I’m a little bit disappointed on this whole issue,” he said.

If convicted of the most serious charge, possession of a controlled substance, Garcia faces between two to 10 years in prison.

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