Fifteen Arrested on Federal Conspiracy Charge in Austin-Based Heroin Distribution Operation
|U.S. Attorney’s Office June 21, 2012|
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.
|Amado Pardo||64||Austin, Texas|
|Amanda Pardo||45||Austin, Texas|