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TCSO Vice Unit Makes Largest Meth Seizure in Over 20 Years


TCSO Vice Unit Makes Largest Meth Seizure in Over 20 Years

In August 2023, the TCSO Vice Unit received information and began an investigation into alleged large-scale drug trafficking activities of suspect Juan Jose Cardenas-Flores. Amid the investigation, the Vice Unit also linked Cardenas-Flores to a reported robbery being investigated by the Austin Police Department. Vice Unit investigators, working jointly with APD robbery detectives and the DEA Task Force, developed information resulting in the issuance of a state robbery warrant for Cardenas-Flores and a search warrant, which were executed on Oct. 5, 2023. The surveillance and arrest of Cardenas-Flores led to the seizure of approximately 15.5 kilograms of methamphetamine and various firearms.

On Dec. 19, 2023, Cardenas-Flores was indicted by a federal grand jury for violations of Title 21 USC Section 841: possession with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance.

Lab results indicated the methamphetamine seized had 87% purity, with TCSO field tests also indicating the presence of fentanyl. This is the largest reported seizure of methamphetamine by the TCSO Vice Unit in more than 20 years.
Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986 Drew Knight, Public Information Specialist (512) 854-8426

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