Mexican Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking Result of Joint DEA and Local Law Enforcement Investigation
United States Attorney Joe Kelly announced that on January 14, 2019, Senior United States District Judge Laurie Smith Camp sentenced Ramon Penunuri-Noriega, of Mexico, to a 168-month term of imprisonment, to be served in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. Penunuri pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and use of facilities in interstate commerce in aid of racketeering. During the first few months of 2018, Penunuri conspired with others to distribute multi-pound quantities of methamphetamine throughout the Omaha/Council Bluffs metropolitan area. Penunuri further agreed as part of his plea agreement to be removed from the United States to Mexico by immigration authorities upon completion of the term of imprisonment.
The case was primarily investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration – Omaha Field Division, the Omaha Police Department, and the Southwest Iowa Narcotics Task Force.