An El Campo drug dealer could spend the next nine Christmases behind Texas prison bars after pleading guilty to his crimes.

Guadalupe Casas, 29, of 716 McGrew in El Campo stood in Wharton County’s 329th District Court late last month pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance (4 to 200 grams) after being found guilty of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon.

District Judge Randy Clapp sentenced Casas to 10 years in prison for the March 2016 crime, providing credit for 287 days already served.

Casas’ crime was discovered when officers went to a Depot Street home to serve an unrelated warrant.

When the door opened, officers spotted a woman who quickly grabbed something off the coffee table inside and started to run, an action prompting police response.

What she grabbed turned out to be drugs.

Additional amounts of marijuana and cocaine remained on the table.

Casas was found sitting in a recliner, “sitting on an ounce of meth, a scale and a couple of baggies,” according to the statement El Campo police Lt. Russell Urban made following the arrest.

That day, Casas was arrested on charges of manufacturing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver and possession of a controlled substance.

Previous warrants for assault causing bodily injury to a family member, failure to appear and driving without a valid driver’s license were served the same day.

Those charges were set aside with the narcotics conviction.

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