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20 arrested in connection to crack cocaine, meth trafficking operation based in Taylor

Authorities say 42-year-old Horace Lee Caruther of Round Rock is the ringleader of a large cocaine and meth distribution ring based in Taylor. (Photo: Williamson County Jail)

The Department of Justice announced on Friday the arrest of 20 people in connection to a crack cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking operation based in Taylor.

Federal and state authorities conducted the arrests. The alleged ringleader of the drug ring is 42-year-old Horace Lee Caruther of Round Rock.

Authorities say that from July 2016 to October 2017, the organization was responsible for the distribution of large amounts of cocaine, meth, and other pharmaceutical narcotics across the United States, including North Carolina.

Police say the suspects would also collect, transport and launder cash proceeds derived from the sale of narcotics.

In addition to Caruther, the others arrested include:

  • Trevor Deshaun Hunt, 25, of Taylor
  • Gregory Bean Jr., 44, of Pflugerville
  • William Collins (aka “Bugs”) 61 Taylor
  • James Wilbert McNeal,70, Round Rock
  • Robert Carl White, 38, Temple, TX
  • Daniel Sanchez-Benitez, 38, Pflugerville
  • Angel Amado Rodriguez, 23, Austin
  • Kenneth Xavier Garza, 22, Pflugerville
  • Salomon Orozco-Benitez (aka “Viejito”), 33, Austin
  • David Ibarra 25 Broadway, NC
  • Esmeralda Rodriguez, 22, Austin
  • Jesus Parra-Martinez (aka “Chuy”), 23, Austin
  • Jose Parra-Martinez 35 Austin
  • Sandra Parra-Velez (aka “La Coyota”), 33, Austin
  • Elias Montiel, 26, Sandford, NC
  • Federico Alvarez-Mendoza, 36, Cameron, NC
  • Maria Bustamante, 52, Laredo
  • Ana Gonzalez, 47, Laredo

All of the defendants remain in federal custody pending detention hearings expected to occur in U.S. Magistrate Court in Austin beginning next week.

Authorities say that to date the investigation has resulted in the arrests of 26 defendants; and, the seizure of $161,020, six kilograms of cocaine, two ounces of “crack” cocaine, 42 pounds of marijuana and, three guns.

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