DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A West Chester man involved in a Southwestern Ohio methamphetamine conspiracy case pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court Friday.
24-year-old Salvador “Listo” Ramirez, along with six other individuals, was arrested in July of 2018 on federal charges of engaging in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy in the Miami Valley and across Southern and Central Ohio.
All were charged with manufacturing and distributing narcotics and laundering their profits.
DEA agents and task force members confiscated more than 140 pounds of methamphetamine, seven kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of heroin, and over $130,000 in cash during their investigation.
Ramirez admitted to arranging bulk deliveries of the meth, fentanyl, and heroin, and then overseeing the redistribution of the drugs to dealers from Columbus to Dayton.
He also personally collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in drug profits.
Other co-conspirators who already pleaded guilty include:
- 21-year-old Tamara McQueen, of Hamilton
- 29-year-old Luiz Roberto Diaz-Magana, of Queretaro, Mexico
- 49-year-old Jesus Garcia, aka “Jessie Garcia,” of West Chester
- 34-year-old Joshua L. Leach, of Plain City
- 34-year-old Brandi Danyell Loy, aka Brandi Richey, of Plain City
- 41-year-old Takeea Trammell, of Dayton
Ramirez and McQueen traveled from Southern Ohio to California back in April of 2018 and law enforcement discovered bulk amounts of drugs in their car in Wyoming on their way back to Ohio.
However, the two eluded police and continued to run their trafficking scheme in Ohio.
Ramirez and his colleagues had planned to open their own laboratory in Southern Ohio to manufacture kilogram quantities of methamphetamine. He even went so far as to provide housing and security for a chemist that a Mexican cartel sent to the area for the purpose of opening the laboratory.
Conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute this specific amount of meth is a crime punishable by a sentence of at least 10 years to life in prison.
“Today’s guilty plea of Ramirez represents the end of this organization’s ability to cause further destruction in our communities,” Special Agent in Charge Plancon said. “Methamphetamine trafficking will not be tolerated in southern Ohio and law enforcement will continue to work tirelessly to bring individuals like Ramirez to justice. This organization trafficked a variety drugs, including methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin, that continue to cause devastation to families throughout the Miami Valley. The DEA and its partners are committed to identifying, investigating, and dismantling drug trafficking organizations that continue to prey on those addicted to drugs.”