LEXINGTON, KY - Ramiro Ozuna Guerrero, 45, of Lexington, KY., was convicted Friday afternoon by a federal jury of conspiring to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine.
The jury returned the verdict after a 2-day trial. The evidence established that Ozuna-Guerrero acted as a courier for a central Kentucky cocaine trafficking organization. The evidence also established that on July 24, 2012, Ozuna-Guerrero departed Lexington for Mexico, where he obtained over 5 kilograms of cocaine. Ozuna-Guerrero returned to Lexington on July 29, 2012, and provided the cocaine to Valentin Garcia-Ruiz.
On July 29, 2012, law enforcement arrested several participants in the conspiracy, including Ozuna-Guerrero, Garcia-Ruiz and Mario Sanchez Sr. Law enforcement also executed several search warrants which resulted in the recovery of over 1.5 kilograms of cocaine, 3 firearms, and $210,000, the monetary equivalent of 7-8 kilograms of cocaine.
Kerry B. Harvey, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Robert L. Corso, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Rodney Brewer, Commissioner, Kentucky State Police (KSP), jointly made the announcement today.
The investigation was conducted by the DEA, KSP, and the Lexington Division of Police. The United States was represented in the trial by Assistant United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.
Ozuna-Guerrero is currently scheduled to appear for sentencing before Senior District Judge Joseph M. Hood, in Lexington, on September 16, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. Ozuna-Guerrero faces a minimum prison sentence of 10 years and maximum prison sentence of Life. However, his sentence will be imposed by the court after consideration of the United States Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of sentences.