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Fri Jun 22, 2012, 10:25 AM

So there is this great restaurant I visit from time to time here in Austin...

they make unbelievable Tortilla soup...

Authorities raid Jovita's restaurant as 18 face federal heroin charges

http://www.statesman.com/news/local/authorities-raid-jovitas-restaurant-as-18-face-federal-2402416.html

Federal authorities are seeking to seize the well-known South Austin restaurant and music venue Jovita's under a federal indictment that charges 15 people, including three members of the family that owns the South First Street business, with heroin distribution.

Austin police said that three of those indicted including 64-year-old Amado "Mayo" Pardo, one of the founders of Jovita's were members of the Texas Syndicate prison gang. The organization made drug deals in and around the restaurant and was responsible for more than $6,000 in drug sales a day, police said.

Authorities said the indictment and subsequent arrests Thursday have put a major dent in the local heroin trade.

"We believe Texas Syndicate ... is one of the most violent gangs in the state," said Gary Albus, a commander with the Texas Department of Public Safety. "They mainly operate on drug trafficking, so this is a great disruption."

more at link...

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I can't even begin to tell you how shocked I am by this.

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Reply So there is this great restaurant I visit from time to time here in Austin... (Original post)
Javaman Jun 2012 OP
monmouth Jun 2012 #1
Javaman Jun 2012 #2
monmouth Jun 2012 #3
bigendian Jun 2012 #4
Javaman Jun 2012 #7
TexasTowelie Jun 2012 #5
Javaman Jun 2012 #6
TexasTowelie Jun 2012 #8
ceile Jun 2012 #9

Response to Javaman (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 10:56 AM

1. I hope they're still going to make the soup. I mean..c'mon, heroin, shmeroin, good soup is rare..n/

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Response to monmouth (Reply #1)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 11:02 AM

2. There is a "soup nazi" joke in here somewhere. nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 11:08 AM

3. Haha, I know, just couldn't think of one at the time..n/t

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:19 PM

4. All jokes aside......

If these people are guilty remember the pure hell they helped put the addicts and their families through, all for profit.

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Response to bigendian (Reply #4)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:43 PM

7. Oh I agree...

It's just so shocking considering Jovita's has been a mainstay for South Austin for so long.

Over the last few years, they have been doing a pretty substantial upgrade to the restaurant/club. Now I know where the money was coming from.

The loss of Jovita's in that part of town will hit like an earthquake. It will be felt far and wide.

I just can't get over the fact that they were pushing Heroine. Pot, I could understand but heroine? they will get no sympathy from anyone and especially since they are tied to that Mexican gang.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:21 PM

5. First the Yassines, now Pardo.

Are there any fun places left in Austin not tied into organized crime?

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #5)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:40 PM

6. Dang, I hadn't heard about the Yassines. cripes! nt

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Response to Javaman (Reply #6)

Fri Jun 22, 2012, 12:48 PM

8. Check the Texas Group.

I've posted several articles about them. In addition, you might want to read this one that I haven't posted where they settled a civil lawsuit for $685,000 relating to unpaid wages to former employees. The civil defense attorney for the Yassines admit that it is unlikely that any payment will actually occur though.

http://www.kvue.com/home/Yassines-appear-in-court-over-civil-suit-159774385.html

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Mon Jun 25, 2012, 12:36 PM

9. I'm shocked as well.

Just can't wrap my head around it...

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