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Pardo and Carrillo Guilty of Heroin Trafficking

After three days of testimony, a verdict
Jordan Smith, 1:15pm, Fri. Feb. 15, 2013
Photo by John Anderson
Amado Pardo, now deceased, was ringleader of heroin ring based in South Austin, federal prosecutors argued

After three days of testimony a federal jury on Thursday afternoon found Jose Pardo and Jorge Carrillo both guilty of participating in a conspiracy to traffic heroin.

Federal prosecutors successfully argued that Carrillo provided heroin to a large and long-running heroin-trafficking organization led by now-deceased patriarch of Jovtia's Tex-Mex restaurant, Amado Pardo. Pardo's brother Jose also bought heroin from Carrillo, prosecutors argued.

Pardo and Carrillo will be sentenced on May 3. Each man faces life in prison.

Coverage of the trial is here and here.

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