Taking 'H' Off the Street

APD on a recent heroin ring bust.

Interesting press release from APD:

DRUG ARRESTS REDUCE HEROIN DISTRIBUTION IN AUSTIN

In mid 2005 members of the Austin Police Department Organized Crime Narcotic Conspiracy Unit began investigating the heroin trafficking activities of three brothers: Henry Castro, 30 (DOB: 08-07-76), Rene Gaitan Castro, 35 (DOB: 10-19-71) and Randy Gaitan Castro, 24 (DOB: 07-20-82).
As the investigation progressed, the Austin Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms participated in the investigation and provided invaluable assistance. Officers made repeated seizures of heroin packaged within balloons for distribution, as well as seizures of “black tar” heroin that had not been processed for distribution from members of this organization.

As a result of this long-term joint investigation, 14 members of this Austin based “Castro” heroin trafficking organization were indicted by the federal Grand Jury for Conspiracy to Distribute one kilogram or more of heroin on February 20, 2007. On February 28th the following suspects were arrested pursuant to the sealed federal indictments:

Henry Castro, 30 (DOB: 08-07-76)
Rene Gaitan Castro, 35 (DOB: 10-19-71)
Randy Gaitan Castro, 24 (DOB: 07-20-82)
Amy Gaitan Castro, 22, (DOB: 03-12-84)
James Xavier Lara, 24, (DOB: 09-18-82)
Miranda Rae Ruiz, 26 (DOB: 08-21-80)
Mindy Paredes Valdez, aka: Mindy Duran, 27 (DOB: 08-20-79)
Samuel James Saldana, 27 (DOB: 02-05-80)

The following subjects were charged pursuant to the sealed indictments and were already in custody:

Johnny Ruiz, Jr., 27 (DOB: 01-13-80)
Angel Fajardo Palaminos, 24 (DOB: 08-15-82)
Jimmy Lucio, 46 (DOB: 07-18-60)
Juan Ramirez, 42 (DOB: 06-19-64)
Mark Gomez, 30 (DOB: 07-02-76)
Joe Louis Garcia, Jr., 57, (DOB: 10-12-50)

The investigation of the “Castro” heroin trafficking organization followed a separate federal joint investigation conducted by members of the Austin Police Department Organized Crime Narcotic Conspiracy Unit, Austin Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service which targeted and dismantled the Austin based “Celedon” heroin trafficking organization. On November 29, 2006, a United States District Judge sentenced 17 members of the “Celedon” organization in United States Federal District Court. Louis Celedon, Jr., 31 (DOB: 07-24-75) was sentenced to 240 months incarceration and three years supervised release.

These two long-term, time intensive investigations provided information that the “Castro” and “Celedon” organizations were responsible for a significant amount of the heroin that is distributed within Austin and the surrounding areas.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Public Safety
Alligator Reported in Del Valle
Alligator Reported in Del Valle
APD issues community warning

Brandon Watson, June 5, 2014

Breaking News: Lake Travis ISD on Lockdown
Breaking News: Lake Travis ISD on Lockdown
Emergency called at 2pm for all buildings, now just elementary

Richard Whittaker, Jan. 16, 2013

More Police
Chief Acevedo Responds to Dallas Sniper Attack
Chief Acevedo Responds to Dallas Sniper Attack
APD will be at 100% staffing patrol through August

Kahron Spearman, July 8, 2016

Trial Begins in Heroin-Trafficking Case
Trial Begins in Heroin-Trafficking Case
Was Jovita's a hub for drug dealing?

Jordan Smith, Feb. 11, 2013

More by Wells Dunbar
Top 10 City Council Stories
Top 10 City Council Stories
Dais and months

Jan. 6, 2012

City Hall Hustle: The Hustle Bids Farewell ...
City Hall Hustle: The Hustle Bids Farewell ...
To the beating hearts of a great city

Dec. 30, 2011

KEYWORDS FOR THIS POST

Public Safety, Police, Drugs, Heroin, Bust, Austin

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle