Mexican Man Convicted for Using U.S. Citizen’s Identity and Passport to Import Methamphetamine Into U.S.
|July 6, 2011|
McALLEN, Texas – Ramiro Ramirez-Macias, 30, of Mexico, has pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Ricardo H. Hinojosa to importation of methamphetamine and misuse of another’s passport in order to import methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Jose Angel Moreno announced today.
According to allegations in the complaint, Ramirez had obtained a U.S. birth certificate, passport and driver’s license in another person’s name, but a fingerprint database check at the Port of Entry identified him as Ramiro Ramirez-Macias, a Mexican citizen.
Ramirez admitted today that, on the day of his arrest, March 16, 2011, he was driving a vehicle from Mexico into the U.S. through the Anzalduas Port of Entry. He presented a U.S. passport in the name of another person to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer. The vehicle was referred to secondary inspection and a search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of nine bundles of methamphetamine weighing more than two kilograms concealed in the vehicle. He also admitted at the hearing that he had been hired to import the methamphetamine into the U.S. from Mexico in order to deliver it to an unidentified person.
Ramirez has remained in custody without bond since his arrest. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 25, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at which time Ramirez faces up to life in federal prison with no parole and a fine of up to $10 million.
Ramirez’s convictions are the result of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations with the assistance of CBP and the U.S. Department of State. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Sully is prosecuting the case.