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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Illinois

Monday, July 18, 2016

Rio Grande Valley Resident Sentenced For Drug Conspiracy

Donald S. Boyce, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced that Rey Ramirez, 48, was sentenced on July 14, 2016, by United States District Court Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel to 120 months in federal prison for conspiring to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine and marijuana, with five years of supervised release to follow the imprisonment, and a $100 special assessment fee.

Facts revealed in open court at the sentencing and plea hearings established that during the conspiracy, Ramirez arranged the transportation for the delivery of over 2000 pounds of marijuana to Ohio and Georgia. He also agreed to distribute 21 kilograms of cocaine to distributors in Missouri. After considering many factors, such as Ramirez’s age, health, prior criminal record, and involvement and vital role in the conspiracy, Judge Rosenstengel sentenced Ramirez to 120 months, the mandatory minimum sentence required by federal law.

Evidence in support of this prosecution was obtained in an investigation which was conducted under the auspices of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The OCDETF initiative is designed to bring federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies and resources together to identify, target and dismantle large national and international drug trafficking organizations. Agencies participating in this case include the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigations. This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Monica A. Stump.

Drug Trafficking
Updated July 18, 2016