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Federally seized property going up for auction
by Jason Collins
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This piece of property, but not the business, is being sold later this month. The property on East Houston Street will be sold June 24 along with five other parcels — the rest of which are residential in nature.
This piece of property, but not the business, is being sold later this month. The property on East Houston Street will be sold June 24 along with five other parcels — the rest of which are residential in nature.
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BEEVILLE – Five homes and one business property are on the auction block later this month as part of a federal IRS drug forfeiture sale.

In all, 18 pieces of property, a majority of these residential, will be up for auction.

Of the cities listed, Beeville has the most property in this sale with four in Houston, another in Baytown, two in Puerto Rico and one each in Seattle, Wash., Kingsport, Tenn., Winston-Salem, N.C., Limestone, Tenn., and Gardner, Mont.

The property listed in Beeville was owned by Casimiro “Casey” Salinas, who was sentenced about year ago after he pleaded guilty to two counts of the original multi-count drug indictment.

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, also pleaded guilty 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.

Part of the plea was that the property be forfeited to the feds.

Only six of the 10 properties seized in connection with the case are scheduled for auction on June 24.

They are: 308 Alta Vista St., 305 S. Archer St., 511 E. Houston St., 2663 Carr Road, 2376 Carr Road and 2651 Carr Road.

This list of property includes the location where businessman Carlos Garcia once owned 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 business has since moved.

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

This is the same ranch federal agents raided 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 more than two years 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 that 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, 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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