Trial date set for man accused of transporting cocaine, fentanyl

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MURRIETA (CNS) - A May 12 trial date was set Tuesday, Jan. 5 for a 55-year-old man accused of transporting more than $230,000 worth of cocaine and fentanyl into Riverside County. Jose Isabel Ramirez is charged with two counts each of possession of controlled substances for sale and transportation of narcotics for sale, with multiple sentence-enhancing allegations of possessing more than one kilogram of cocaine. During a trial-setting conference at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, the prosecution and defense conferred with Superior Court Judge F. Paul Dickerson, and the parties agreed to delay trial proceedings until May due to ongoing doubts about the ability to convene a jury in the next several months in light of coronavirus public health concerns. Former county Presiding Jud
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