Gang Member Found Guilty of Supplying Firearms to Armenian Power
LOS ANGELES—A long-time street gang member and associate of the Armenian Power has been convicted at trial for his role in supplying firearms to a leader of the organized crime group.
Miguel Ramirez, 38, of Los Angeles, was found guilty yesterday afternoon of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
According to the evidence presented during a brief trial, Ramirez sold and distributed at least three firearms, including a loaded Intratec model Tec-22 semi-automatic with a threaded barrel, a large-capacity magazine, and a laser sight. These firearms were discovered by officers on November 23, 2009.
Ramirez sold and distributed these firearms to Mher “Capone” Darbinyan, a powerful Armenian Power gang leader who was himself convicted at trial last week for crimes including racketeering conspiracy, extortion, bank fraud, and firearms offenses (see: http://www.justice.gov/usao/cac/Pressroom/2014/047.html). The evidence showed that Ramirez had repeatedly offered Darbinyan other firearms and ammunition, including expanding ammunition designed for use on human targets.
Ramirez is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge R. Gary Klausner on July 14, at which time he faces a statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison.
Out of the 90 defendants charged in the two indictments targeting Armenian Power, 86 have now been convicted. One defendant is scheduled to go on trial on July 15; two defendants are fugitives; and prosecutors dismissed charges against one defendant.
The case was investigated by the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, which is composed of the FBI, the Glendale Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Burbank Police Department, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, IRS-Criminal Investigation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, and the U.S. Secret Service. The Huntington Beach Police Department and the Beverly Hills Police Department provided assistance.