Texas Syndicate gang members arrested after meth, heroin bust

Federal authorities seized drugs, guns during investigation

By Fares Sabawi
CNN

Seventeen Texas Syndicate gang members living across Central Texas were arrested after federal authorities uncovered a methamphetamine and heroin trafficking operation, according to a news release.

The suspects were from San Antonio, Austin, New Braunfels, Kenedy, Gonzales, Hutto, Luling, Seguin, San Marcos. One suspect is a Mexican national and another lived in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, according to the news release.

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During the investigation, authorities seized more than 100 kilograms of methamphetamine and multiple guns.

Defendants who are charged in this indictment include:

  • Juan Carlos Castilleja, age 29, of New Braunfels
  • Roman Gabriel Luna, age 34, of Austin,
  • Julio Alvarez, a 40-year-old Mexican National residing in Austin
  • Osbellia Jimenez-Jaimes, age 33, of Austin
  • Brandon Carrasco, age 21, of Kenedy
  • David Cantu, age 46, of Gonzales
  • Ian Accord, age 26, of Hutto
  • John Vera, age 26, of Gonzales
  • Josh Vera, age 26, of Gonzales
  • Lisa Anzaldua, age 31, of Luling
  • Noemi Medina, age 25, of Seguin
  • Paul Villarreal, age 45, of Luling
  • Sean May, age 47, of Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Michael Armstead, age 47, of San Marcos
  • Steven Klasing, age 37, of Austin
  • Rafael Salas, age 38, of San Antonio
  • Pascual Salazar, age 36, of Austin

Some suspects were arrested Wednesday, while the rest were already in custody prior to the federal indictments.

All the suspects remained in federal custody Sunday.

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