Tulare County Methamphetamine Trafficker Sent to Prison for 10 Years
|U.S. Attorney’s Office March 18, 2013|
FRESNO, CA—Michael Ramos, aka Michael Rodriguez Ramos, 26, of Terra Bella, was sentenced today to 10 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
“This case stems from a two-year Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) wiretap investigation that resulted in five indictments and the conviction of 13 defendants,” Wagner said. “The multi-agency investigation led to the dismantling of a drug trafficking organization based in the small farming communities of Terra Bella and Porterville.”
In sentencing Ramos, Senior U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii considered evidence that Ramos obtained methamphetamine and cocaine from Adrian Negrete Hernandez, 26, also of Terra Bella, for distribution. On March 4, 2013, Negrete was sentenced to five years in prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana and to possessing firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes. Two firearms and $43,311 of drug trafficking proceeds has been forfeited.
The OCDETF investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Southern Tri-County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) task force, Tulare and Kern County Sheriff’s Offices, and Bakersfield Police Department, with assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, Fresno Police Department, Tulare Police Department, and the Porterville Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Karen A. Escobar is prosecuting the case.