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United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe
Eastern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                               CONTACT:  DAVILYN WALSTON
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 2007                                            PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICER
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MARSHALL, TX – United States Attorney John L. Ratcliffe announced today that a 36-year-old Marshall man has pleaded guilty to federal drug violations in the Eastern District of Texas. 

JOSE RAFAEL RAMOS admitted to being involved in a conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana today before United States Magistrate Judge Chad Everingham.

According to information presented in court, on May 30, 2006, a postal inspector, working in an undercover capacity, delivered a priority mail parcel containing marijuana to a residential address in Marshall.  Approximately 30 minutes after the parcel was delivered, Ramos and a co-Defendant arrived at the residence where the marijuana had been delivered and entered the residence.  A short time later, Ramos exited the residence carrying the parcel.  After Ramos and the co-defendant drove away, they were stopped by deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office.  At the time of the stop, the unopened parcel was recovered from the vehicle.  The contents of the parcel were examined by the United States Postal Inspection Service Forensic Laboratory and were determined to be marijuana.  The total amount of marijuana attributable to the conspiracy, and to Ramos, is approximately 21 kilograms. 

Ramos could receive up to five years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 at sentencing.  A sentencing date has not been set.

            The United States Postal Inspection Service and Harrison County Unified Narcotics Investigation Team investigated this case.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Alan R. Jackson.





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