AUSTIN (KXAN) - Jose Pardo, age 68, of Austin and Jorge Carrillo, age 45, of Lockhart, both face between 10 years and life in federal prison after a jury convicted them Thursday afternoon for their roles in a heroin distribution operation.
The verdict was announced by U.S. Attorney Robert Pitman.
The jury convicted Pardo and Carrillo of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute heroin. Evidence presented at trial revealed the defendants conspired from May 2011 until their arrests in June 2012 to distribute more than 17 kilograms of heroin.
Testimony also revealed that at least on one occasion, heroin was processed after business hours at the Pardo family-owned restaurant, Jovita's , and that numerous drug transactions occurred right behind Jovita's in co-defendant Amado Pardo's house.
Jose Pardo and Jorge Carrillo, along with 12 co-defendants who entered guilty pleas prior to trial, are scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. on May 3 before U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Austin Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Office of the Inspector General, Drug Enforcement Administration and the Travis County Sheriff's Office.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Dan Guess and Elizabeth Cottingham.
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