Gary Gardner

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Gary Orvall Gardner
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Gardiner in a Cropduster
BornFebruary 3, 1946
DiedSeptember 20, 2021(2021-09-20) (aged 75)
Known forWhistleblower of 1999 Tulia, Texas drug scandal

Gary Gardner (born Gary Orvall Gardner, February 3, 1946 – September 20, 2021)[1] was a farmer who gained recognition for exposing corruption related to illegal drug arrests in Tulia, Texas. Gardner played a vital role in bringing Officer Tom Coleman to justice.[2] In 1999, Coleman had falsely arrested fifteen percent of the African American population in Tulia for dealing cocaine.[3] Gardiner's testimonials were widely covered by national media outlets such as 60 Minutes,[3] People,[2] and the New York Times.[4]


  1. ^ "Gary Orvall Gardner (Tulia)". 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Bean, Alan (2010). Taking Out the Trash in Tulia, Texas. DeSoto, Texas: Advanced Concept Design. ISBN 978-0-98261-620-8. Retrieved October 9, 2023 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ a b Miscarriage of Justice in Tulia Texas USA (Video). New York, New York: 60 Minutes. September 28, 2003. Retrieved October 9, 2023.
  4. ^ "Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town". New York Times. November 6, 2005. Retrieved October 9, 2023.

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