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Man At Center Of Jovita's Restaurant Drug Case Dies
The man who owned a popular Austin restaurant, who was charged with drug trafficking, has died.
Federal authorities raided Jovita's Restaurant and Bar on South 1st Street in June. Amado "Mayo" Pardo was the leader of a heroin distribution ring and had been part of the Texas Syndicate prison gang for more than 30 years, according to federal agents.
His attorney Ben Florey says Pardo died Wednesday morning of liver cancer. He had been out of prison for the last two weeks.
Eighteen others were charged. Authorities seized more than a $1 million, drugs, guns and real estate in that raid.
Two others, including Pardo's brother, go to trial on Feb. 11.