Men from Live Oak, San Marcos, among 13 arrested for distributing fentanyl in Austin area, FBI says

AUSTIN – Thirteen people were arrested this week for distributing fentanyl in the Austin area, according to an FBI statement.

Josue Nolasco-Campuzano, 20, of Live Oak and Daemon Lye Garcia, 19, of San Marcos are among those charged.

Others include Marcos Garcia, 18, of Somerton, AZ; Oliver Garcia, 20, of Lockhart; Christopher Brook, 23, of Austin; Jaime Cabrales, 23, of Austin; Matthew Juan, 19, of Austin; Adi Martinez Marquez, 19, of Austin; Andrew Ruben Ramirez, 23, of Austin; Ezequiel Azmitia-Jimenez, 19, of Lockhart; Michael Bauman, 18, of Austin; and Ernest Ochoa, 18, from Austin.

“Today’s coordinated law enforcement operation dismantled a company responsible for distributing counterfeit pills; these fake pills containing fentanyl were smuggled to mimic Oxycodone, a prescription drug product, ”said Daniel C. Comeaux, special agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Houston division, in a statement Press. “Counterfeit pills have become a real and viable threat to the American people. We warn everyone to never consume pharmaceuticals unless they receive approved medical care and come from a licensed pharmacy. The DEA will continue to relentlessly prosecute any individual or organization that threatens our communities with these deadly fake pills. “

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Marcos Garcia, Oliver Garcia, Brook, Cabrales, Juan, Marquez, Ramirez and Azmitia are indicted by a federal indictment with one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. If found guilty, each accused faces life imprisonment, the FBI statement said.

Bauman, Daemon Garcia, Ochoa and Nolasco-Campuzano are accused by a federal criminal complaint of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and each faces life in prison if convicted.

The investigation included the DEA, the FBI, the US Postal Inspection Service and the Austin, Cedar Park, San Angelo and San Marcos Police Departments.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the United States during the 12-month period ending April 2021. That’s a 28.5% increase from to the previous year. Seventy-five percent of the deaths were due to opioids, including fentanyl.

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