In court Monday when Juan Ramos and Noemi Maldonado pled guilty, NY state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says the two were the leaders of a large-scale drug trafficking ring. He says it served as a multi-state heroin, cocaine and prescription drug pipeline that included the New York state capital area of Albany, as well as Maine and Pennsylvania.
The Albany judge, Thursday sentenced Juan Ramos, of Brooklyn, to 15 years in prison and five years post-release supervision for being the leader of a drug ring that distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in narcotics throughout the city, the Capital Region, Maine and Pennsylvania, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.
“We have no tolerance for dangerous drug trafficking rings like the one Juan Ramos was running.”
“As New York grapples with this devastating opioid crisis, my office will continue to aggressively prosecute those criminals who fuel the cycle of addiction.” State AG, Schneiderman, said in a statement.
Ramos’ partner Noemi Maldonado pled guilty to similar charges and is expected to receive the same sentence.
Ramos was sentenced after pleading guilty to felony drug sale charges on Monday.
His partner in crime, Noemi Maldonado, also pleaded guilty and is expected to receive the same sentence, as well as 27 drug dealers under his command.
When cops closed in on Ramos and his crew, they seized more than two pounds of bulk heroin ready to be packaged into 50,000 bags with a street value of $500,000.
Also seized during the investigation was more than a pound of bulk cocaine with an approximate street value of $50,000, a homemade heroin kilogram press, 1,067 Oxycodone pills, over $21,000 in cash, two shotguns and one handgun.
Besides leading the ring, Ramos also dropped off the drugs to customers in his $120,000 BMW, the Attorney General’s office said.
Ramos’ sentencing follows the launch of Schneiderman’s Suburban and Upstate Response to the Growing Epidemic Initiative, which is designed to crackdown on heroin, opioid and narcotics trafficking networks.
The SURGE Initiative targets gangs and individuals who deal heroin and opioids and commit acts of violence in suburban and upstate communities across New York State.
Three major traffickers Diomedes Silfa, of Bronx, New York, Noemi Maldonado, of Brooklyn, New York and Juan Ramos of Brooklyn, New York allegedly, arranged for heroin and cocaine to be transported from New York City to the Capitol Region, Albany. They were arrested early July, and were all facing mandatory life sentences.