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Three more suspects from drug raid plead guilty

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

Three more suspects in last August’s major drug raid in Austin have admitted guilt in federal court.

The men, all from Austin, each pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to distribute cocaine and marijuana, U.S. District Court records show. Each of them had been charged by an indictment from a federal grand jury.

Jose Lopez Covarrubias, 27, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis, documents show. Samuel Isaiah Garza, 18, and Cuyler Legrand Vaughn, 24, pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

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The three men are among six defendants charged under the same indictment with conspiracy to distribute cocaine (at least 500 grams, or about one pound) and marijuana from an unknown time through Aug. 14, 2007, in Minnesota.

On Nov. 13, fellow defendant Federico Garza, 27, pleaded guilty to the same count in federal court.

No sentencing dates have been set for the men.

Humberto Lugo-Olivares Jr., 27, is set for a hearing to change his plea on Wednesday, records show. The sixth defendant Daniel Garza, 20, remains a fugitive, documents show.

Authorities arrested four of the six defendants while doing simultaneous raids Aug. 14 at several Austin homes and at a downtown business space. The federal indictment against the six men was filed Sept. 11.

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