SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — A San Marcos teenager and a Live Oak man are accused of being part of an Austin-area fentanyl distribution ring.
The group of 13 people are charged with selling counterfeit Oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl.
19-year-old Daemon Lye Garcia of San Marcos and 20-year-old Josue Nolasco-Campuzano of Live Oak were arrested today and charged with federal criminal complaint of possessing with intent to distribute fentanyl. Both face up to life in prison if convicted.
The other people arrested in the operation are Marcos Garcia, 18, of Somerton, AZ; Oliver Garcia, 20, of Lockhart; Christopher Brook, 23, of Austin; Jaime Cabrales, 23, of Austin; Matthew Juan, 19, of Austin; Adi Martinez Marquez, 19, of Austin; Andrew Ruben Ramirez, 23, of Austin; Ezequiel Azmitia-Jimenez, 19, of Lockhart; Michael Bauman, 18, of Austin; Ernest Ochoa, 18, of Austin.
“Today’s coordinated law enforcement operation dismantled an enterprise responsible for the distribution of counterfeit pills; these fake pills laced with fentanyl were clandestinely manufactured to mimic the prescription pharmaceutical Oxycodone,” said Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division. “Counterfeit pills have become a real and viable threat to the American people. We caution every person to never consume pharmaceuticals unless under licensed medical care and sourced from a licensed pharmacy. The DEA will continue to relentlessly pursue any individual or organization that threatens our communities with these fake deadly pills.”
The operation was investigated by the DEA, FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and the Austin, Cedar Park, San Angelo, and San Marcos police departments.