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Jovita's Owner, Alleged Heroin Dealer, Dies Before Trial

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The owner of shuttered South Austin Tex-Mex restaurant Jovita's, scheduled to go on trial in February for his alleged role as the leader of a heroin distribution ring, has died.

Law enforcement officials say Amado "Mayo" Pardo, a "strong patriarch," "community leader" and twice-convicted murderer, as he is described in the Austin American-Statesman, used his restaurant as a money-laundering front for gang-affiliated drug dealing. Pardo's lawyers argued that Jovita's was a legitimate business, and that what law enforcement officials said were code words for drugs and guns were nothing more than references to plans to convert the restaurant into a sports bar.

Pardo, 64, died this morning of terminal liver cancer. He'd been released from jail into hospice care last week.

· Jovita's Founder, Facing Federal Drug Charges, Dies [Statesman]
· All Jovita's Coverage On Eater Austin [-EATX-]

[Photo: Jovita's/Facebook]

Jovita's

1619 South 1st Street Austin, TX 78704

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