Rafael Ramirez Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison

A San Carlos man has been sentenced to 14 years in a federal
prison under a plea deal in which he admitted to distributing
methamphetamine and cocaine in a multimillion-dollar drug ring
focused on the Bay Area and Hawaii, federal prosecutors said today.

Rafael Ramirez, 38, was one of 19 people indicted May 2, 2006, on
drug trafficking charges after a defendant in Texas told authorities
that he had delivered 50 pounds of methamphetamine to Ramirez in
San Francisco in 2003.

After a three-year investigation, federal, state and local police
executed 20 search warrants in the Bay Area, Southern California
and Hawaii in May 2006, seizing cocaine and methamphetamine with
an estimated street value of $4.5 million, federal authorities said.
Agents also seized 12 firearms, including three assault rifles, more
than $1.4 million in cash and 177 marijuana plants, prosecutors said.

Ramirez pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to
distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. As part of the
deal, he admitted distributing more than 58 pounds of
methamphetamine and 66 kilograms of cocaine, including one
transaction with Kasi Pohahau of Redwood City for $187,000 in cash.

Pohahau was sentenced earlier to 15 years in prison.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn Hall Patel sentenced Ramirez on Monday
to 14 years in prison and five years of supervised release. The
cases against the other 17 defendants are in various stages of the
legal process.

Source: John Cote, San Francisco Chronicle

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