AUSTIN (KXAN) - An investigation headed by the Austin Police Department and the FBI led to the arrest of 22 people in what authorities described as a major cocaine distribution ring operating in Central Texas.
The majority of those arrested are facing federal charges that carry sentences of up to life in prison, investigators said in a news conference Wednesday morning.
Police said the ring has been operating from locations in Austin, Manor, Round Rock and Killeen and was distributing as much as five kilograms of cocaine a week.
The arrests began on March 8.
Those arrested include:
- Raymond Smith, 38
- Noe Lopez, 33
- Michael Bell, 36
- Kenyetta McClain, 36
- Kevin Edwards, 41
- Daniel Olmos, 21
- Vivid Kahey, 34
- Rodney Ryan, 34
- Dominic Rhodes, 35
- Lee Reed, 36
- Frederick Clark, 33
- Andrew Reeves, 33
- Darrient Grant, 41
- Gary Hagler 34
Suspects whose ages were not available:
- Luis Gonzalez
- Mario Gonzalez
- Vicente Sanchez
- Bianca Garza
- Llasmin Orzuno
- Tyson Carter
The names of two other suspects were not available.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.