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Leader Of Bronx Drug Distribution Organization Sentenced To More Than 18 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that MIGUEL RAMIREZ was sentenced today to 218 months in prison for leading a drug trafficking conspiracy that operated in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.  RAMIREZ pled guilty on October 22, 2018, before U.S. District Judge Gregory H. Woods, who imposed today’s sentence.

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “Miguel Ramirez led a violent street gang in the Bronx for years, supervising its day-to-day sales of heroin and crack cocaine.  Now, Ramirez will spend more than 18 years in prison for his ‘leadership’ skills.”

According to the allegations in the Indictment, and statements made in court filings and during court proceedings:

Between approximately 2014 and 2017, RAMIREZ was one of the leaders of a violent drug trafficking organization that controlled the distribution of large amounts of crack cocaine and heroin in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx.  RAMIREZ managed all aspects of the organization, from obtaining supply and arranging for the preparation of drugs for resale, to the supervision of individuals who conducted hand-to-hand sales of narcotics.  RAMIREZ possessed firearms and ammunition, and also engaged in violence and directed others to commit violence, in connection with the drug trafficking organization. 

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In addition to his prison sentence, RAMIREZ, 30, of the Bronx, New York, was sentenced to five years of supervised release.

Mr. Berman praised the excellent work of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New York City Police Department.  Mr. Berman also thanked the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance in the investigation.    

This case is being handled by the Office’s Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  Assistant United States Attorney Sarah Krissoff is in charge of the prosecution.

Updated August 26, 2019

Drug Trafficking
Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 19-276