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Pair indicted for coke dealing
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE — Two men charged with the intent to distribute between four and 200 grams of cocaine face some serious prison time if convicted.

Bee County Grand Jury members indicted Noah Paul Meza, 30, and Isidro Castillo, 44, with the same offense, possession of a controlled substance, between four and 200 grams of cocaine, with intent to deliver, when they met earlier this month.

The offense is a first degree felony. A conviction on the charge could result in a 99-year to life prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

According to Deputy Rick Villarreal of the Bee County Sheriff’s Office, the two men had the drug in their possession on June 7, 2012.

Bond for each defendant was set at $20,000 by District Judge Joel Johnson.

David Lucio Jr., also known as Richard Lucio Jr., also was indicted on a first degree felony as a result of alleged drug possession.

Beeville Police Department Detective Matthew Miller alleged that Lucio had more than one gram but less than four grams of cocaine on May 16, 2012.

The charge normally is a second degree felony, but the punishment range was enhanced because Lucio had a previous felony conviction on a charge of failure to register as a sex offender. That conviction also was enhanced because of a previous felony conviction.

The conviction came on Aug. 14, 2007.

Lucio’s bond also was $20,000.

Others named in indictments returned this month were:

•Jesse De Los Santos in a two-count indictment on charges of aggravated assault, threat with a deadly weapon and evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.

The first count is a second degree felony. If convicted, De Los Santos could be sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $10,000.

The second count is a third degree felony. A conviction on that charge could result in a 10-year prison sentence and a $10,000 fine.

Detective Miller alleged that the 19-year-old suspect pointed a BB gun at a woman during an incident on July 31, 2012, during the commission of an assault and that he then fled from Miller as he was trying to detain him.

Bond was $7,500.

•Cole Lawrence Peters was named in one two-count indictment and two one-count indictments stemming from incidents investigated by at least two different law enforcement agencies.

The two-count indictment included charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Being a felon in possession of a firearm was a third degree felony and the aggravated assault charge was a second degree felony.

The 31-year-old suspect was accused of possessing a firearm in a place other than his residence after the fifth anniversary of his release from confinement for a previous felony conviction. That conviction was on a charge of aggravated assault, bodily injury with a deadly weapon on July 14, 2004.

Peters allegedly committed the second degree felony during an incident on April 9, 2012.

The other two indictments returned against Peters were on charges of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

According to the indictments, Peters operated motor vehicles owned by others, without their permission, on Sept. 3 and Nov. 19, 2012.

The vehicle theft charges were state jail felonies. If convicted of either of those charges, Peters could be sentenced to spend up to two years in a state jail facility and be fined $10,000.

Bonds on those indictments totaled $14,000.

•Jose Luis Garcia on a charge of aggravated assault, threat with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.

BPD officers alleged that Garcia swung a knife at a man during an incident on Aug. 2, 2012.

Bond was $5,000.

•Alvin Amador on a charge of evading arrest in a motor vehicle, a second degree felony.

Although the charge normally is a third degree felony, it was enhanced in Amador’s case because he had a previous conviction on a charge of felony driving while intoxicated on Aug. 25, 1998, in Karnes County.

The 50-year-old suspect was accused of using a vehicle to flee from a BPD officer on July 11, 2012.

Bond was $2,500.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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