Thursday, June 21, 2012

Fifteen Arrested on Federal Conspiracy Charge in Austin-Based Heroin Distribution Operation

Federal, state, and local law enforcement have arrested 15 individuals, including ringleader 64-year-old Amado Pardo, in connection with an Austin-based heroin distribution operation. A complete list of those arrested is at the end of this release.

That joint announcement was made this morning by United States Attorney Robert Pitman, Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Armando Fernandez, Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Javier Pena, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo, Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven C. McCraw and Inspector General of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Bruce Toney.

All 15 defendants are charged by a federal grand jury indictment, returned on Tuesday and unsealed today, with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. According to the indictment, the defendants conspired since May 2011 to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin. Upon conviction, each defendant faces between 10 years and life in federal prison. The indictment also seeks the criminal forfeiture of the interests of Amado Pardo, and his wife Amanda, in four Austin properties allegedly used to facilitate the drug distribution operation, namely, 404 and 406 Milton Street, as well as 1615 and 1619 South First Street.

Upon conviction of the drug conspiracy count, the defendants face between 10 years and life in federal prison. All of the defendants remain in federal custody at this time.

This investigation was conducted by agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Office of the Inspector General. This matter is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Dan Guess.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Indicted/Arrested Defendants:

Name Age Residence
Amado Pardo 64 Austin, Texas
Jorge Carrillo
 Lockhart, Texas

Jose Pardo
 68 Austin, Texas
Amanda Pardo 45 Austin, Texas
Tatiana Huang
 25 Austin, Texas
Michael Martinez
 66 Austin, Texas
Alfedo Alvarez
 62 Austin, Texas
David Sosa
 32 Austin, Texas
Lucy Estrada
 62 Austin, Texas
Dionicio Sanchez
 32 Austin, Texas
Chris Mier
 32 Austin, Texas
Terry Ayers
 65 Austin, Texas
Kilpatrick Williams
 46 Austin, Texas
Leah Day
 24 Austin, Texas
Jeffrey Finn
 45 Shenandoah, Texas

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