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APD seeks help locating suspects from K2 distribution ring

Austin Police are asking for the public's help in locating federally-indicted suspects from a K2 distribution ring. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

Austin Police are asking for the public's help in locating federally-indicted suspects from a K2 distribution ring.

Back in November of 2017, the Austin Police Department said it received a tip through Crime Stoppers that a group was dealing large amounts of K2 in the Austin area. Investigators said the suspects were going to Houston to pick up a large amount of the drug to bring back to the Austin area for distribution.

Four suspects were taken into custody after a traffic stop as they traveled back to Austin. Inside the vehicle officers found 74.32 kilos of K2 in multiple trash bags. Police said that represented over 200,000 individual doses with a street value of over $1 million.

Now, APD says six people have been federally indicted for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute synthetic cannabinoids: Amando Ramirez, Christopher Elizondo, Paul Rodriguez, Estevan Arriaga, Kristi Rivera and Sean Yadon.

Arriaga and Rivera are in the custody of U.S. Marshalls and Yadon is in the Travis County Jail on a probation violation. APD is asking for the public's assistance in locating Amando Ramirez, Christopher Elizondo and Paul Rodriguez.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS.

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