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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Middlesex County, New Jersey, Member Of Drug Trafficking Organization Sentenced To Five Years In Prison For Conspiring To Sell Heroin

TRENTON, N.J. – A Perth Amboy, New Jersey, man was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for conspiring to distribute hundreds of grams of heroin throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Rashawn Ramos, 38, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Peter G. Sheridan to an information charging him with one count of conspiring to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin and 500 grams or more of cocaine. Judge Sheridan imposed the sentence today in Trenton federal court.

In March 2014, 21 alleged members of the “Britt-Young DTO,” a drug trafficking organization named after its leaders Robert Britt and Rufus Young, were charged by criminal complaint with conspiring to distribute heroin. Of those 21 individuals, 12 have pleaded guilty.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court:

Ramos admitted that from November 2013 through March 2014, he received numerous packages of heroin and cocaine at his residence in Perth Amboy. The packages were sent from California via the U.S. Mail. Ramos later transferred the packages to another conspirator, who distributed the narcotics to others in New Jersey, including members of the Britt-Young DTO. Altogether, Ramos received at least 1,000 grams of heroin and 1,500 grams of cocaine.    

In addition to the prison term, Judge Sheridan sentenced Ramos to serve four years of supervised release.

U.S. Attorney Fishman credited special agents of the FBI, Red Bank Resident Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, with the investigation leading to today’s sentencing.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Grippo of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division in Newark.

Defense Counsel:  Ramos: Anthony Simonetti Esq., Hightstown, New Jersey

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Updated May 7, 2015