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Smuggling case gets trial date
by Jason Collins
Feb 27, 2012 | 2491 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Smuggling case gets trial date
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BEEVILLE — A 61-year-old man is scheduled to appear in court on April 9 accused of smuggling 147 pounds of cocaine inside a vehicle earlier this year.

Casimiro Dimas Salinas, better know as Casey, was arraigned last week following his multi-count indictment, filed Feb. 8, that not only includes possessing the 66.88 kilograms of cocaine but also the possession of a revolver and ammunition.

The first two counts of the indictment, filed in federal court, accuse Salinas of not only possessing but also intending to distribute the cocaine, which was found in his vehicle on Jan. 10. Court records show that Salinas was stopped by Border Patrol agents working a checkpoint 13 miles south of Falfurrias.

A conference is scheduled for the Thursday prior to the planned trial inside the federal courthouse in Corpus Christi.

“...Any plea bargain or plea agreement entered into by the parties in this cause must be made known in writing on or before March 30, 2012,” a court document reads. “No plea bargain or plea agreement entered into after this date will be honored by this court without cause shown for delay.”

Salinas remains jailed following a revocation of his original $150,000 bail.

According to court papers, Salinas was found in possession of a .357-caliber revolver along with six rounds of ammunition which caused his bail to be revoked. That revolver was found hidden inside a drawer of his home on the La Loca Ranch on Carr Road east of Beeville.

Court documents also show that Salinas was convicted in 1989 in Aransas County District Court on a felony charge of marijuana possession and sentenced to five years shock probation.

Each of the counts listed in the Feb. 8 indictment has a sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a fine not to exceed $10 million.

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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