Police: Central Texas busts have ties to Zetas drug cartel

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Updated today at 12:01 PM

AUSTIN -- Drugs, guns and more than a million dollars in cash have been seized in two different Central Texas drug busts.
Local and federal law enforcement officers say the suspects have ties to the Zetas Mexican drug cartel. They say the busts are a major blow to the drug industry in Central Texas and the surrounding region. The incidents are unrelated, and police say each operation targeted high to mid-level dealers.
The first bust took place on April 23. Investigators say they had information that the Mexican Mafia and Tango Blasts gangs were about to receive a large amount of narcotics. Authorities tracked down Sergio Guzman and recovered four firearms, 13 kilos of cocaine and more than $1 million in cash. Two other suspects were also arrested.
On May 1, investigators arrested four suspects in two locations, Austin and Elgin. Police seized about 20 pounds of meth, eight ounces of cocaine, several guns and an inert hand grenade.
Police say these busts are a clear indication of the cartel's presence in Central Texas, and the presence of drugs that affect the lives of people in the Austin community.
All of the suspects are now in custody. They face a number of charges and anywhere from 10 years to life in federal prison.