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Judge sentences 13 defendents from Jovita's drug bust

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Thirteen defendants arrested in a South Austin heroin ring bust were sentenced Friday for their roles in the illicit operation.

The suspected ring leader of the operation, 64-year-old Amado Pardo, died in January before he could be tried. Pardo was accused of running the drug ring out of his popular, South Austin restaurant, Jovita’s.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks issued the following sentences:

• Jose Pardo, 69, sentenced to 30 years
• Michael Martinez, 67, sentenced to 30 years
• Jorge Carrillo, 45, sentenced to 15 years, 8 months
• Dionicio Sanchez, 63, sentenced to 11 years, 3 months
• David Sosa, 43, sentenced to 10 years, 10 months
• Amanda Pardo, 46, sentenced to 10 years
• Terry Ayers, 65, sentenced to 10 years
• Alfredo Alvarez, 63, sentenced to 9 years, 2 months
• Chris Mier, 32, sentenced to 4 years, 3 months
• Tatiana Huang, 26, sentenced to 4 years
• Kilpatrick Williams, 46, sentenced to 3 years, 5 months
• Leah Day, 25, sentenced to 1 year
• Jeffrey Faun, 36, sentenced to 1 year

In addition to their prison terms, several defendants were ordered to pay hefty fines. Amanda Pardo was ordered to pay $15,000. Carrillo, Huang and Meir were ordered to pay $6,000 each, and Williams, Day and Finn were ordered to pay $3,600.

All defendants were also ordered five years of probation upon their release.

Another defendant, Lucy Estrada, is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

The defendants were arrested after a year-long, multi-agency investigation, dubbed "Operation Muerta Negra," or "Black Death.”

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