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San Jose Man Sentenced for Eight Years and Six Months for Conspiring to Traffic Methamphetamine in Solano County

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

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Esteban Gerardo Ramirez, 32, of San Jose, was sentenced today to eight years and six months in prison for conspiring to possess and distribute methamphetamine, U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced. 

According to court documents, between Sept. 13, 2021, and March 8, 2022, Ramirez conspired with his codefendant, Marsha Garma Phillips, of Fairfield, to distribute methamphetamine in Solano County.  Supplied by Ramirez, Phillips sold over 5 pounds of methamphetamine to an FBI confidential source.  Phillips and Ramirez were arrested in Fremont on March 8, 2022, when they were found in possession of 2 additional pounds of methamphetamine.  Ramirez has two prior state sentences for methamphetamine trafficking. 

Ramirez is in federal custody.  Phillips previously pleaded guilty and her next court date is scheduled for Oct. 3, 2023.

This case was the product of an investigation by the FBI’s Solano County Violent Crimes Task Force and the Fairfield Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian T. Kinsella prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the U.S. Department of Justice launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated September 5, 2023

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