FAIRMONT CITY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO COCAINE CONSPIRACY
On April 28, 2011, a twenty-two year old Fairmont City man pled guilty to a drug conspiracy the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Luis M. Ramirez waived indictment and pled guilty to an Information charging him with Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with the Intent to Distribute Cocaine in United States District Court in East St. Louis. In addition, Ramirez admitted the forfeiture allegation contained in the Information.
The Information alleged that Ramirez and at least twenty-three other individuals were members of a conspiracy which operated in the Southern District of Illinois, and elsewhere, between at least April 2008 and March 2011, and distributed five kilograms or more of cocaine.
Sentencing has been scheduled for July 29, 2011. Ramirez faces a minimum term of ten years imprisonment, and a potential maximum penalty of life imprisonment, a $4,000,000 fine, and at least five years of supervised release.
Evidence in support of the Information was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. Participating agencies include the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of Homeland Security Investigations (ICE HSI), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), U.S. Marshal Service, the Granite City Police Department, Fairmont City Police Department, Collinsville Police Department, Fairview Heights Police Department, Caseyville Police Department, Pontoon Beach Police Department, Park Hills (Missouri) Police Department, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, and the Illinois State Police. This case is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Randy G. Massey for prosecution.