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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Holyoke Man Pleads Guilty to Dealing Cocaine

BOSTON – A Holyoke man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Springfield to dealing cocaine.

Raul Ramos, 43, pleaded guilty to one count of distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni scheduled sentencing for May 3, 2018. 

On Nov. 8, 2016, Ramos distributed 27.712 grams of cocaine in exchange for $1,300. The charges are a result of a federal, state, and local law enforcement investigation into drug trafficking in Springfield and Holyoke.

The charging statute provides for a sentence of no greater than 30 years in prison, a minimum of six years of supervised release, and a fine of $2 million dollars. 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; Harold H. Shaw, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; Colonel Kerry A. Gilpin, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police; Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri; and Holyoke Police Chief James M. Neiswanger made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd E. Newhouse of Lelling’s Springfield Branch Office is prosecuting the case.

Drug Trafficking
Updated February 8, 2018