Mexican drug trafficker charged with drug trafficking crime based on seizure of over 500 kilograms of methamphetamine

 

Date: February 11, 2020

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Angel Guadalupe Ramos‑Ramirez was charged in a criminal complaint in Manhattan federal court with conspiring to import more than 500 kilograms of methamphetamine into the United States. The charge arises from a February 8, 2020, seizure by Mexico's Secretaría de Marina (the "Mexican Navy") of more than 500 kilograms of methamphetamine off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico.

As alleged in the Complaint unsealed in federal court[1]:

On or about February 7, 2020, the Mexican Navy began tracking a boat traveling northwest through the Gulf of California from Sinaloa, Mexico toward Baja California, Mexico. On February 8, 2020, the Mexican Navy interdicted the vessel off the coast of San Felipe, Mexico, in Baja California, and arrested Ramos-Ramirez. Mexican Navy officers seized approximately 26 plastic packages, each of which contained approximately 20 kilograms of methamphetamine, from the water around the boat. In total, the Mexican Navy recovered more than 500 kilograms of methamphetamine from the water.

Ramos-Ramirez of Mexico, is charged with conspiring to import methamphetamine into the United States, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The investigation was conducted by the New York Strike Force in partnership with the DEA Mazatlan Resident Office and law enforcement partners. The New York Strike Force is a crime-fighting unit comprising federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies supported by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and the New York/New Jersey High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. The Strike Force is based at the DEA's New York Division and includes agents and officers of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division, DEA, New York City Police Department, New York State Police, Homeland Security Investigations, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, New York National Guard, Clarkstown Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Port Washington Police Department and New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The case is being handled by the Office's Terrorism and International Narcotics Unit. Assistant United States Attorneys Michael K. Krouse, Stephanie Lake, Daniel G. Nessim, Benjamin Woodside Schrier, and Kyle A. Wirshba are in charge of the prosecution.

The charge contained in the Complaint is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.