Leader of Drug Trafficking and Money Laundering Organization with Ties to Mexican Cartel Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
BOSTON – A Lynn man pleaded guilty today in federal court in Boston to possessing fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine intended for distribution.
Juan Ramos, a/k/a/ “Bebo,” 22, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of fentanyl, cocaine and methamphetamine with intent to distribute before U.S. District Court Judge Patti B. Saris who scheduled sentencing for Jan. 25, 2024. Ramos was charged in May 2023.
In April 2023, law enforcement identified an apartment in Lynn that was fraudulently rented under a fictitious name. A subsequent investigation determined that the listed tenant did not exist and that the premises was being utilized as a hub for drug distribution and packaging.
During a search of the apartment on May 2, 2023, Ramos fled from law enforcement by way of the balcony before being apprehended a short distance away. At the time, Ramos was on pretrial release for an unrelated domestic violence offense and wearing a court-ordered GPS bracelet. A review of the GPS bracelet’s records showed that Ramos frequently travelled to the apartment. Inside the apartment, approximately 500 grams of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine, 30 pounds of cutting agent, blenders, scales and other paraphernalia used in the distribution and packaging of drugs as well as a .38 Taurus revolver was found. A search of Ramos’ vehicle outside the apartment revealed an additional 200 grams of fentanyl and a .40 caliber Glock pistol concealed inside a hidden compartment underneath the driver’s seat.
The charge of possession with intent to distribute controlled substances provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, at least three years and up to a lifetime of supervised release and a fine of up to $1 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.
Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Division; John E. Mawn Jr., Interim Colonel of the Massachusetts State Police; and Essex County District Attorney Paul F. Tucker made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip A. Mallard of the Organized Crime & Gang Unit is prosecuting the case.