Wauchula Man Sentenced To More Than 24 Years For Cocaine Distribution
Tampa, Florida - U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Juan Ramirez, Jr. (40, Wauchula) yesterday to 24 years and 3 months in federal prison for his role in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine. As part of his sentence, Ramirez is also ordered to forfeit a number of tractor-trailers, as well as pay a money judgment of $3,000,000.00. Ramirez pleaded guilty on July 9, 2012.
According to the plea agreement, as part of the conspiracy, Ramirez orchestrated the transportation of multiple quantities of cocaine from Mexico, through Texas, to the Middle District of Florida. During the course of the conspiracy, 25 kilograms of cocaine was seized in Wharton County, Texas, in August, 2011. At the time of his arrest, Ramirez admitted to transporting various drugs from the Southwest border on multiple occasions, that he had made between three and four million dollars trafficking drugs, and had laundered these proceeds through his business - R & R Trucking of Fort Meade, LLC.
This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration - Orlando District Office, Polk County Sheriff's Office, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys James C. Preston, Jr., Anita Cream, and James Muench.