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Moorefield Resident Enters Pleas In Federal Court

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of West Virginia

1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Chris Zumpetta-Parr, Public Affairs Specialist

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – A Moorefield, West Virginia, resident entered pleas of guilty before Magistrate Judge John S. Kaull.

U.S. Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that:

JOSE FRANCISCO RAMIREZ a/k/a “CHICO,” age 27, of Moorefield, West Virginia, entered pleas of guilty to “Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine” and “Aggravated Reentry of Previously Deported Alien. RAMIREZ, who is in custody pending sentencing, faces up to 20 years in prison on each count. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen D. Warner and investigated by the Potomac Highlands Drug & Violent Crime Task Force, consisting of officers from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the West Virginia State Police - Bureau of Criminal Investigations, working with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE/HSI), the Hardy County Sheriff’s Department, the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the Wardensville Police Department and the United States Forest Service.

Updated January 7, 2015