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Federal and State Authorities Arrest Nine Today in Connection with Austin based Heroin Trafficking Organization

JUL 26 (AUSTIN) - This morning, federal, state and local authorities arrested nine individuals in the Austin area, including ringleaders Xavier Martinez (aka “Javi”) and Eulalio Samarripa (aka “Chico”), for conspiring to distribute heroin announced Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Joseph M. Arabit, Houston Division and United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr.

A one-count federal grand jury indictment unsealed in Austin this afternoon alleges that since April 2014, the defendants have conspired to distribute more than 500 grams of heroin.

Those arrested this morning include:

Xavier Martinez (aka “Javi), 47, Bastrop, TX
Lisa Martinez, 46, Bastrop, TX
Xhavier Martinez, 25, Bastrop, TX
Bobby Martinez, 51, Austin, TX
Darrell Cano, 49, Bastrop, TX
Eulalio Samarripa (aka “Chico”), 48, Austin, TX
Sandra Davila, 41, Austin, TX
Ray Armonta, 30, Austin, TX
Zaragosa Marez (aka “Gus“), 51, Austin, TX

Upon conviction, the defendants face sentences of between 10 years and life in federal prison. All of the defendants remain in federal custody pending detention hearings later this week. This 11-month investigation was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration together with the Austin Police Department, Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, Travis County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Assistant United States Attorney Mark Marshall is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

An indictment is merely a charge and should not be considered as evidence of guilt. The defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.


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