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‘Scarface’ indicted on felony charge of possessing cocaine
by Gary Kent
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Robert Ruiz Rivas
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Robert Ruiz Rivas, also known as Roberto Rivas, or Robert A. Rivas or Scarface, was indicted Thursday on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, less than one gram in a drug-free zone.

The charge was enhanced to a second degree felony because Rivas, 31, had a previous felony conviction on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, on May 16, 2003, in San Patricio County.

According to county deputies, the indictment stemmed from an incident on June 22 in which Rivas allegedly had cocaine within 1,000 feet of the Skidmore-Tynan Independent School District property in Skidmore.

Bond was $5,000.

Bee County grand jurors also indicted Miguel Angel Ramirez Ramos, 21, on three charges including burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and theft of property, $1,500-$20,000. The last two charges are state jail felonies

He is suspected of burglarizing a Beeville man’s home and stealing a car for which he could face up to 20 years in prison and $10,000 fine if convicted .

Bee County sheriff’s deputies investigated the alleged break-ins.

A second degree felony is punishable by a prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of $10,000 upon conviction. State jail felonies are punishable by terms of up to two years in a state jail facility and a $10,000 fine.

According to county investigators, Ramos broke into a man’s home on July 3 and took a car belonging to another man.

District Judge M.E. “Mike” Welborn set the defendant’s bond at $10,000.

Others indicted Thursday included:

•Thomas Garfield Steward Jr. on a charge of possession of marijuana, 50-200 pounds. The offense is a second degree felony.

According to state officers, Steward had the drug on April 28.

Bond was $10,000.

•James L. Gary, also known as James Newman, on a charge of driving while intoxicated, enhanced to a second degree felony.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety troopers, Gary was caught driving under the influence of alcohol on May 12. The suspect had previous DWI arrests on Aug. 23, 1994, and on March 31, 1999, both in Bee County.

The charge was enhanced because Gary had a previous felony conviction on a charge of aggravated assault in Live Oak County on Nov. 14, 1984.

•Joshua Hagans on a charge of bail jumping, a third degree felony.

If convicted, Hagans faces a prison sentence of up to ten years and a $10,000 fine.

According to a document filed in district court by Bailiff Bill Lazenby, Hagans failed to appear in court on Nov. 17 on a charge of injury to a child.

Bond was $10,000.

•Daniel Tovar on a charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony.

State investigators alleged that Rovar took a vehicle from a local man on Dec. 14, 2008

Bond was $2,500.

•Keith Devell Brown on a charge of theft of property, $1,500-$20,000, a state jail felony.

County investigators alleged that Brown stole tools from a local man on Aug. 22.

Bond was $10,000.

•Daniel Ray Lopez on a charge of possession of marijuana, four ounces to five pounds. The offense is a state jail felony.

State officers claimed that the defendant had the drug in his possession on Aug. 9.

Bond was $2,500.

•Magarito J. Cruces in a five-count indictment, including one count of evading arrest and four counts of DWI with a passenger under the age of 15.

All were state jail felonies.

According to a DPS trooper, Cruces committed the offenses on Aug. 4.

Bond was $35,000.

•Brenda Ann Ramirez in a two-count indictment on charges of evading arrest and DWI with a passenger under the age of 15.

Both charges are state jail felonies.

Police alleged that the defendant fled from Patrolman Luis De Los Santos during an incident on May 14 and that she had a child under the age of 15 at the time.

Bond was $2,500.
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