APD puts massive drug bust loot on display


by ANDREW HORANSKY / KVUE News and photojournalist JOHN FISHER


Posted on March 27, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 28 at 8:43 AM

AUSTIN -- It has been a busy month for the Austin Police Department, which has made three major drug busts.

Assistant Chief Sean Mannix said each case involved Mexican nationals. He also said all drugs seized originated in Mexico.

The stash includes wads of $100 bills, hundreds of pounds of marijuana, semi-automatic weapons, and more than a dozen kilos of cocaine.

Also included are six and half pounds of black tar heroin. Officers say it is the largest single seizure of black tar heroin they had ever seen.

The drugs come with a total street value of more than $8 million.

Police arrested eight people. All of them face federal charges.

Professor Michael Lauderdale with the Austin Public Safety Commission blames Mexico’s struggling economy.

“We’re really dealing with the problems of Mexico,” Lauderdale said. “And we are just dealing with the consequences much like ripples from an earthquake.”

Only one of the busts was the result of a sting. The others came from a traffic stop and a burglary call.

Police say it is all the more reason for the public to be vigilant and to call them whenever they see something suspicious.

Law forcement continues to have their hands full with Mexican cartels. Roughly a half dozen are believed to now have networks in Texas.


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