Mexican national passes up trial, pleads guilty to fed drug charges
McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — Mexican national, Ricardo Garza-Ramirez has been convicted of conspiracy to import cocaine. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson tells NewsCenter 23 that Garza-Ramirez's trial was set to begin Wednesday. However, he opted to enter a guilty plea in U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez's courtroom before it could get underway.
Back in June of this year, Garza-Ramirez drove a BMW 3Series loaded with 15 kilograms of cocaine from Mexico into the U.S. through the Pharr Port of Entry. Facts presented in court revealed, that unknown men registered the car to Garza-Ramirez, and instructed him to drive across the border. When he was arrested, Garza-Ramirez admitted to officers, that he had done this seven or eight times before.
Garza-Ramirez faces a minimum of ten years, and up to life in federal prison, along with a possible $10 million fine.