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Multi-Agency Investigation Targets Methamphetamine Organization
Burnet County, Texas


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December 4, 2013 Trooper Robbie Barrera

Multi-Agency Investigation Targets Methamphetamine Organization Based in Burnet County

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced the arrest of 15 suspects and conducted search warrants on two Burnet County properties in connection with a multi-agency investigation of an area drug distribution and trafficking organization.

In May 2013, DPS’ Criminal Investigations Division (CID) initiated the investigation in cooperation with Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Unit, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office, Austin Police Department, Cedar Park Police Department, Burnet County District Attorney Office, Burnet Police Department, Bertram Police Department, Llano Police Department, Llano County Sheriff’s Office, Heart of Texas Auto Theft Task Force, Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

The searched properties were the residences of Jimmy Don Hardin and Glen Alexander, who were among those arrested. During the past six months, CID identified Hardin and associates as suspects in the alleged distribution of methamphetamine in Williamson, Burnet, Llano, Travis, Bell, Blanco, Lampasas, and Bastrop counties. CID agents also identified nearly 70 individuals either directly selling or using methamphetamine allegedly purchased from Hardin and associates.

Officers seized two ounces of methamphetamine, more than 70 firearms, more than $10,000 in cash, and more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition during the two property searches.

In late November, DPS CID agents working with the Burnet County District Attorney’s Office prepared two search warrants for methamphetamine and 24 arrest warrants for engaging in organized criminal activity (first degree felony). The judges of both the 33rd and 424th Judicial District Courts issued the arrest warrants for individuals identified as alleged wholesalers or retailers of methamphetamine.

The arrested defendants include:

  1. Jimmy Don Hardin 12-21-1970 Bertram, TX
  2. Amy Jo Borseth 05-09-1973 Bertram, TX
  3. Timothy Steven Blackard 11-27-1969 Bertram, TX
  4. Glen Winston Alexander 02-03-1943 Bertram, TX
  5. Abel Cardoso 08-05-1961 Dallas, TX
  6. Guillermo Reyna 03-01-1958 Bastrop, TX
  7. Kimberly Ann Weston 02-16-1975 Burnet, TX
  8. Elizabeth Hope Burch 04-15-1965 Llano, TX
  9. Gary Randall Holland 11-18-1977 Bertram, TX
  10. Nichole Alexander Hernandez 09-16-1981 Liberty Hill, TX
  11. Edward Dwaine Holder 03-26-1963 Liberty Hill, TX
  12. Christopher Castillo 11-10-1972 Burnet, TX
  13. Cheyloh Jesse James Mather 07-02-1980 Liberty Hill
  14. Bonnie Hardin Raines 12-23-1948 Llano, TX
  15. Joy Ashley Perez 09-04-1985 Liberty Hill, TX