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3 Dozen Charged With Trafficking Drugs Through Austin

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 05:07 PM CDT

Federal, state and local authorities have arrested 37 people in connection with two drug trafficking operations based in Austin.  

In the first indictment, 27 people were charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and distribution of various drugs.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas said Jose Rodriguez-Granados was the Austin head of a large Mexican-based trafficking organization associated with the Knights Templar.

The alleged trafficking took place from 2011 up to this month.

According to the indictment, drugs would be smuggled in hidden compartments of cars to one of the defendant's businesses, JT Body and Paint in Austin.   The drugs would then go to Dallas, Oklahoma City and across the country.

During the investigation, federal authorities say they seized more than 75 kilograms of meth, 10 kilograms of cocaine and two kilograms of heroin.

In a separate indictment, 14 suspects were charged for their alleged roles in a cocaine and meth distribution operation.  Jose Escamilla was the leader of this organization, according to the indictment.

It states drugs were transported from the Rio Grande Valley to Austin.  Once here, the suspects distributed them locally and outside Texas, according to authorities.

In addition to multiple kilograms of drugs, agents seized more than $1 million in drug money.

Read the indictments.

3 Dozen Charged With Trafficking Drugs Through Austin


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