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Documents remain sealed despite couple’s sentence
by Jason Collins
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CORPUS CHRISTI — A husband implicated in the distribution of cocaine and his wife, who was jointly implicated in a scheme to avoid reporting more than $100,000, were sentenced recently to federal prison, along with the forfeiting of multiple pieces of property.

Casimiro “Casey” Salinas had entered his plea of guilty on April 30 during a hearing in Corpus Christi on two counts of the original multi-count indictment. However, he wasn’t sentenced until Dec. 28.

His plea was an admission to conspiring to possess with the intention to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine along with engaging in money laundering.

In exchange for his plea, he was sentenced to 144 months in federal prison along with a $20,000 fine.

His wife, Patsy Salinas, pleaded guilty Dec. 26 but only to one count — structuring transactions to evade reporting requirements.

In exchange, she was sentenced to 27 months in prison and ordered to pay a $6,000 fine.

Sealed documents

Included in the case file of these Beeville residents is a year’s worth of court documents.

Many of these remain sealed by the court and not available to the public for viewing.

However, some yield hints as to what transpired between the plea in April and the sentence imposed last month.

On Nov. 13, a motion to delay sentencing was granted by the court.

“Pursuant to his plea agreement, defendant requests an additional 30 days in order to afford him more time to fulfill the conditions of his plea,” the document reads.

Those conditions include the cooperation with federal agents and the providing of information.

According to a document filed on April 30, the government would offer a reduction in sentence “commensurate with the value, completeness and truthfulness of the defendant’s information.”

Exactly what details were released has not been made available.

This isn’t the only unknown in this case either.

Several of the 156 filed court documents remain sealed and not available for public viewing as of Thursday.

This includes three documents filed on Dec. 21 and named “Witness List” and several others filed in December named only as “Sealed Event.”

Property seized

Part of the sentence imposed was also the forfeiture of several pieces of property.

Casimiro Salinas was ordered to forfeit 10 pieces of property. These are: 308 Alta Vista, 2663 Carr Road, 301 E. Catherine, 2651 Carr Road, 511 E. Houston, 305 S. Archer and 2376 Carr Road, all in Beeville, and 9901 Trailwood, Unit 1036 in Las Vegas.

This list of property includes the location where local businessman Carlos Garcia owns a tire shop. Salinas, as has been previously reported, owns the property and building where this business is located, but he is not associated with the actual business.

The property list also includes at least a portion of La Loca Ranch.

This is the same ranch federal agents raided nine months ago following Casey’s initial indictment.

Federal agents, court records showed, found a Rossi revolver and ammunition inside the home — a violation of the conditions of his bond set during his initial indictment.

Background

The indictment in question stems from an incident that occurred about a year ago.

Court records show that Salinas was stopped by Border Patrol agents working a checkpoint 13 miles south of Falfurrias on Jan. 10, 2012.

The agents became suspicious of Salinas. According to court documents, the agents searched his truck, which was filled with coolers, bags of animal feed and other items, including a homemade toolbox.

The homemade box had a lid that fit under the standard toolbox, but agents were able to lift that lid by about a half inch and slip a fiber optic scope into the gap. Inside they found multiple white bundles of cocaine.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety investigators, a pound of cocaine sells for about $9,600. That would bring the total value of the drugs seized, 147.45 pounds, to $1,415,520.

Casimiro was initially released after his arrest in January following the posting of $150,000 bail by Patsy Salinas. This is the same bail that was revoked after his ranch home was raided nine months ago and she was indicted.

Jason Collins is the editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 121, or at editor@mySouTex.com.
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