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Burnet County meth ring busted

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15 people are in jail Wednesday suspected of moving massive amounts of drugs from Mexico to Central Texas. The daughter of one of those arrested spoke to Fox 7 exclusively.

After DPS conducted search warrants on two properties, they said they found massive amounts of methamphetamine, firearms, cash, ammo and stolen items.

The multi-agency investigation puts authorities one step closer to bringing down the methamphetamine organization based in Burnet County. To the family members and the community, it is devastating.

They might be off the streets but what they've done has left a painful mark.

"It makes me absolutely horrified. He was my family and I trusted him," says daughter of one of the suspects.

The daughter of one of the 15 arrested suspects came to FOX 7 in disbelief, a scary realization she says, since she left her children in her father's care often.

"I guess you don't want to believe that your parents are capable of something like this. He never showed signs; there was absolutely nothing to give me any tip off that anything illegal was going on," said daughter of one of the suspects.

The investigation began in May, the DPS Criminal Investigation Division identified the 15 suspects in the alleged distribution of meth in Williamson, Burnet, Llano, Travis, Bell, Blanco, Lampasas and Bastrop counties. Around four to five pounds were sold per month, worth $200,000.

"Methamphetamine used to be a domestically made product but that's not the case anymore. Methamphetamine is trafficked by the Mexican trafficking organization in major bulk quantities in Austin. The city of Austin and surrounding areas have become hubs for the mexican cartels," said Greg Thrash of the DEA.

The home of Jimmy Hardin was one of those that was searched Wednesday morning. He was among those arrested and at the front door, you can see an orange paper posted saying do not enter, dangerous and unsafe to occupy.

"I woke up, I looked out and I thought, here they are again," says Lupita Blasienz, neighbor.

It was a scary view for Lupita Blasienz, who lives right across the street. She said the same home was raided just a year ago. She never suspected her neighbors were involved in all of this.

"He's very smart, not good judgment and has had a hard life," says Lupita Blasienz, neighbor.

This other property searched was that of Glen Alexander. Two doors down Irene Hinojosa was alarmed but glad it's over for now.

"It's a safer neighborhood knowing that's not here anymore because there are other teenagers in this area and they don't need that around them," said Irene Hinojosa, neighbor.

During the bust, officers seized two ounces of methamphetamine, 70 firearms, more than $10,000 in cash, and more than 8,000 rounds of ammunition.

Authorities say their job is not done. Nine suspects are still at large.

Those arrested include:

Jimmy Don Hardin, 42, Bertram, TX

Amy Jo Borseth, 40, Bertram, TX

Timothy Steven Blackard, 44, Bertram, TX

Glen Winston Alexander, 70, Bertram, TX

Abel Cardoso, 52,  Dallas, TX

Guillermo Reyna, 55, Bastrop, TX

Kimberly Ann Weston, 38, Burnet, TX

Elizabeth Hope Burch,  48, Llano, TX

Gary Randall Holland 11-18-1977 Bertram, TX

Nichole Alexander Hernandez, 32, Liberty Hill, TX

Edward Dwaine Holder, 50, Liberty Hill, TX

Christopher Castillo, 41, Burnet, TX

Cheyloh Jesse James Mather, 33, Liberty Hill

Bonnie Hardin Raines, 64, Llano, TX

Joy Ashley Perez, 28, Liberty Hill, TX

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