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									                                      U.S. Department of Justice

                                        U.S. Attorney’s Office

                                      Western District of Texas

                                    Robert Pitman, U.S. Attorney

   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       Contact: Daryl Fields
   www.usdoj.gov/usao/txw/index.html                                      Public Information Officer
                                                                                     (210) 384-7440
   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 attached.

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 Bruce Toney, Inspector General of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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 ten 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 ten 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                    Age:   64   of Austin, Texas
JORGE CARRILLO                 Age:   44   of Lockhart, Texas
JOSE PARDO                     Age:   68   of Austin, Texas
AMANDA PARDO                   Age:   45   of Austin, Texas
TATIANA HUANG                  Age:   25   of Austin, Texas
MICHAEL MARTINEZ               Age:   66   of Austin, Texas
ALFREDO ALVAREZ                Age:   62   of Austin, Texas
DAVID SOSA                     Age:   42   of Austin, Texas
LUCY ESTRADA                   Age:   32   of Austin, Texas
DIONICIO SANCHEZ               Age:   62   of Austin, Texas
CHRIS MIER                     Age:   32   of Austin, Texas
TERRY AYERS                    Age:   65   of Austin, Texas
KILPATRICK WILLIAMS            Age:   46   of Austin, Texas
LEAH DAY                       Age:   24   of Austin, Texas
and, JEFFREY FINN              Age:   45   of Shenandoah, Texas

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