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Tucson Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Possession of a Firearm During a Drug Trafficking Offense

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. – Ramon Otero Jr., 39, of Tucson, was sentenced on January 27, 2023, by United States District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to 60 months in prison. Otero Jr. pleaded guilty to Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense. 

In April 2021, Otero Jr. was stopped by federal agents at an immigration checkpoint in Arizona. At the time of the stop, Otero Jr. was in possession of fentanyl and two loaded firearms. He told agents that he intended to distribute the fentanyl to another individual and that the firearms were for his protection in furtherance of his drug trafficking activities.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), which is comprised of agents and investigators from the Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, and the FBI. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ashley Culver and David Petermann, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-21-2360-JGZ-BGM
RELEASE NUMBER:    2023-012_Otero Jr.

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Updated February 6, 2023

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 2023-012_Otero Jr.