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Investigation Targets Central Texas Meth Ring; 15 Arrested



AUSTIN (December 4, 2013) Fifteen people have been arrested in a multi-agency investigation of a Central Texas methamphetamine distribution and trafficking organization, the Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

The six-month investigation focused on the distribution of the drug in Bell, Lampasas, Williamson, Burnet, Llano, Travis, Blanco and Bastrop Counties, the DPS said.

In searches of two homes officers seized two ounces of methamphetamine, more than 70 firearms, more than $10,000 in cash, and more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition, the DPS said.

Investigators also identified nearly 70 individuals who sold or used methamphetamine purchased from the ring, the DPS said.

Authorities arrested Jimmy Don Hardin, 42, of Bertram; Amy Jo Borseth, 40, of Bertram; Timothy Steven Blackard, 44, of Bertram; Glen Winston Alexander, 70, of Bertram; Abel Cardoso, 52, of Dallas; Guillermo Reyna, 55, of Bastrop; Kimberly Ann Weston, 38, of Burnet, Elizabeth Hope Burch, 48, of Llano; Gary Randall Holland, 36, of Bertram; Nichole Alexander Hernandez, 32, of Liberty Hill; Edward Dwaine Holder, 50, of Liberty Hill; Christopher Castillo, 41, of Burnet; Cheyloh Jesse James Mather, 33, of Liberty Hill; Bonnie Hardin Raines, 64, of Llano, and Joy Ashley Perez, 28, of Liberty Hill.

The two homes authorities searched were those of Hardin and Alexander, the DPS said.

The investigation involved the DPS, the County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, the Austin Police Department, the Cedar Park Police Department, the Burnet County District Attorney’s Office, the Burnet Police Department, the Bertram Police Department, the Llano Police Department, the Llano County Sheriff’s Office, the Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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