Mexican Citizen who was in the U.S. Illegally Sentenced to 210 Months in Federal Prison for His Role in a Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy
DALLAS — Rosalio Ramos Tapia, aka “Rosalio Ramos,” “Chale,” and “Mocho,” 43, a citizen of Mexico and in the United States illegally, was sentenced earlier this week before U.S. District Judge David C. Godbey for his role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy, announced U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas.
Tapia was sentenced to 210 months in federal prison following his guilty plea in October 2016 to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute a controlled substance, said substance being 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. He was in the United States illegally at the time of the offense and will be deported after serving his sentence. Tapia has been in custody since his arrest in July 2016.
Tapia was charged along with twenty-one others with various offenses related to a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy. Of the twenty-one charged, fourteen have pleaded guilty, seven have been sentenced and two are awaiting trial. Four defendants remain fugitives.
According to documents filed in the case, between September 25, 2015 through March 18, 2016, Tapia and his coconspirators conspired to distribute methamphetamine and on several occasions, discussed the preparation and conversion of liquid methamphetamine into crystal methamphetamine.
Specifically, Tapia used coded language to purchase multiple kilograms of methamphetamine so that he could distribute the methamphetamine to other people. Once Tapia sold the kilograms of methamphetamine he provided drug proceeds to the supplier of the methamphetamine.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated, with assistance from the Dallas Police Department and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations Division. Assistant U.S. Attorney George Leal prosecuted.
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