Rio Grande City man sentenced to prison for marijuana trafficking
McAllen, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — A Rio Grande City man has been sentenced to prison for trafficking marijuana.
On Tuesday, June 25, U.S. District Judge Micalea Alvarez sentenced Eduardo Ramirez, 59, to over 19 years in federal prison in his role for transporting nearly 1,567 kilograms of marijuana.
Trial evidence showed that Ramirez was a leader of a criminal enterprise and had agreed to transport the marijuana in a tractor trailer to Houston back on September 2011.
Ramirez was unaware that the driver of the trailer was an undercover police officer and that a controlled delivery of the drug was done.
Agents removed the marijuana from the trailer and then placed it into a van, which was later stopped for a traffic violation, and the driver was arrested and the marijuana was seized.
Vicente Montes and Eduardo Humberto Ramirez, the son of Eduardo Ramirez, are currently fugitives and warrants remain outstanding for their arrest. Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to contact Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) at 800-973-2867.