JACKSONVILLE, FL (The Daily News) – An illegal alien living in Jacksonville has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for trafficking drugs.
Juan Ramirez-Martinez, who went by the street name Panda, 28, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 128 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty earlier this year on four counts: conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin; possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin; possession of a firearm by an illegal alien; and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to a release from the United States Attorney’s Office.
Ramirez-Martinez, a legal resident of Mexico, was originally indicted on seven counts on March 16 and pleaded guilty on May 11, according to the release.
An investigation using confidential informants led to multiple controlled purchases and seizures of heroin from the conspirators. Investigators say Ramirez-Martinez, who is considered to have possessed a firearm in connection with his drug trafficking activities, is accountable for at least 308 grams of heroin.
Investigation was conducted by the Jacksonville Police Department, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF). Assistant United States Laura Howard represented the government.