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A Levelland who reportedly shot a man to death last month faces charges of possession of methamphetamine after authorities say they found some of the drug in his home.

Ryan Garcia, 23, remains in the Hockley County Jail on a $150,000 bail for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and $5,000 for possession of a dangerous drug.

 

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Hockley County District Attorney Chris Dennis said a few days after Levelland police arrested Garcia on the firearm charge, they obtained and executed a search warrant to check the suspect’s mobile home on Avenue M, north of Texas 114, for further information.

Police had reason to believe some type of drug-related activity had been going on in the home from information gathered at the scene of the fatal shooting, Dennis said.

Authorities found what they believed to be methamphetamine in the residence and added the new charge.

Garcia has said he shot the victim, Paul Ochoa, in self-defense after Ochoa tried to break into the mobile home, authorities said.

The cause of the altercation is still unknown.

Jimmy Ramirez, who lives two houses south of the mobile home, told reporters at the time he was outside his home when Ochoa exited a white Ford Mustang and knocked on Garcia’s door. Garcia didn’t answer, and Ochoa left. Ramirez also stated he heard people say Ochoa had a gun but he said he never saw one.

Ramirez added he had not seen Ochoa before Friday, but a neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous said Ochoa a couple of days earlier had been hanging around the house where the shooting occurred and it seemed to him Ochoa was friends with Garcia.

There has not been a release of the make and model of the gun police believe was used to kill Ochoa.

 

 

 

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