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Un“lucky” fugitive pleads guilty to double firearms charges

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

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 44-year-old Corpus Christi resident has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm as a felon and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Joe Adam Ramirez aka Lucky admitted that on Sept. 4, 2020, he was in possession of drugs and a gun.

Ramirez was a known fugitive. However, authorities were able to locate him at a hotel in Corpus Christi. They conducted surveillance and observed him exit the hotel, enter the passenger side of a truck and depart the location. Law enforcement performed a traffic stop, at which time Ramirez attempted to flee on foot, but he tripped and fell.  

At the time of the arrest, authorities discovered a loaded 9mm Taurus pistol, several bags of meth, Xanax and other prescription pills.

Ramirez knew he was aware of being a convicted felon and was not allowed to own a firearm. He said he ran because he did not want to go back to prison.

Ramirez has five prior felony convictions involving burglary of a vehicle, burglary of a habitation, theft from a person, aggravated robbery and possession of controlled substance. As such, he is prohibited under federal law from possessing firearms or ammunition at any time.

U.S. District Judge Nelva Ramos will impose sentencing June 8. At that time, Ramirez faces at least 15 years and up to life in federal prison and a possible $250,000 maximum fine. He also faces faces a five-year mandatory consecutive jail term for possessing the firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security Investigations, Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Marin and John Marck are prosecuting the case.

Updated March 2, 2022

Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses