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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Dominican National Pleads Guilty To Heroin Conspiracy

Defendant smuggled into the country to work for a drug trafficking organization

BOSTON – A Dominican national pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield in connection with his role in a large-scale drug conspiracy that trafficked dozens of kilos of heroin and fentanyl into Springfield from Bronx, N.Y., and the Dominican Republic.

Jose Miguel Ramos, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to distribute and possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for Aug. 1, 2019.

Ramos lived in a heroin mill in Springfield where he and others packaged kilograms of heroin for retail distribution for a drug trafficking organization (DTO) based in Springfield, which was allegedly run by Alberto Marte. The investigation revealed that in approximately April of 2016, Marte paid approximately $20,000 to smuggle Ramos into the country so that Ramos could work for Marte’s DTO in Springfield. When law enforcement executed federal search warrants related to the investigation in September 2016, they recovered approximately $140,000 in cash and over six kilograms of heroin. 

The charge of conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, a minimum of five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Brian D. Boyle, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New England Division; Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Hampden County District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Acting Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl Clapprood; Chicopee Police Chief William Jebb; Holyoke Police Chief Manny Febo; and West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campurciani made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Desroches of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case. 

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendants are presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Topic(s): 
Drug Trafficking
Opioids
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Updated May 1, 2019