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ANGELA DODGE

April 11, 2012

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Weslaco Duo Arrested for Alleged Cocaine Trafficking Conspiracy

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Two men have been detained following their arrest on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today.

The indictment, returned March 28, 2012, was unsealed upon the arrests of Jose Santos Casas-Gonzalez, Sr., 41, and Rogelio Mata-Ramirez, 40, both of Weslaco, Texas. Mata-Ramirez was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, while Casas-Gonzalez was arrested Thursday, April 5, 2012, in Falfurrias, Texas. Mata-Ramirez appeared in San Antonio before U.S. Magistrate Judge Pam Mathy and was ordered detained without bond. Just a short time ago, Casas-Gonzalez appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge B. Janice Ellington in Corpus Christi and was also ordered detained without bond pending further criminal proceedings.

Casas-Gonzalez and Mata-Ramirez are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five-kilograms of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute 29 kilograms of cocaine. They are currently set for trial May 15, 2012, before Senior U.S. District Judge Hayden Head. If convicted, they face a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment on each count.

Also included in the indictment is a notice of the government’s intent to criminally forfeit the real property located at 8129 North F.M. 88, in Weslaco, the location of a business owned by Casas-Gonzalez, Rio Shallow Boats Inc.

The multi-agency Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force investigation was conducted in Corpus Christi lead by Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Homeland Security Investigations, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Kingsville Special Crimes and Narcotics Task Force, U.S. Border Patrol, Customs and Border Protections Air and Marine Unit, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the United States Marshals Service. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie K. Hampton.

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