AUSTIN -- Two men involved in the case of a South Austin heroin raid at the Mexican restaurant Jovita's face time in federal prison.
Thursday a jury convicted 68-year-old Jose Pardo and 45-year-old Jorge Carrillo on a count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin.
Evidence revealed they conspired from May 2011 until their arrests in June 2012 to distribute more than 17 kilograms of heroin. It was also revealed that 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.
Pardo died in January after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Amado Pardo's brother, Jose, and Carrillo, along with 12 co-defendants who plead guilty prior to trial, will be sentenced on May 3, 2013 at 9 a.m.
Jose Pardo and Carrillo face between 10 years to life in federal prison.