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Drug ring leader in NYC sentenced to 15 years for distributing heroin, opioids and cocaine

July 22, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug ring leader in NYC sentenced to 15 years for distributing heroin, opioids and cocaine

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A drug ring leader dwho transported heroin, cocaine and illegal prescription drugs from the Bronx and Brooklyn up to Albany will be serving ten years behind bars.

On Thursday, a judge in Albany sentenced Juan Ramos to 15 years behind bars and five years post-release supervision for being the head of a drug organization that dealt hundreds of thousands of dollars in drugs throughout the city, the Capital Region, Maine and Pennsylvania, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office revealed.

“We have no tolerance for drug trafficking rings like the one Juan Ramos was running,” Schneiderman announced in a statement. “As New York grapples with this opioid crisis, my office will continue to prosecute those criminals who fuel the cycle of addiction.”

The drug ring leader was sentenced after he pleaded guilty on Tuesday to felony drug sale charges, The New York Daily News reported.

Juan Ramos (l.) funneled the narcotics into Albany, Maine and Pennsylvania, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. Noemi Maldonado (r.) also pleaded guilty and is expected to receive the same sentence. (STATE ATTORNEY GENERALS OFFICE)

His partner, Noemi Maldonado, also pleaded guilty and is expected to be hit with the same sentence, along with the 27 drug dealers under his leadership.

When police closed in on Ramos and his crew, they confiscated over two pounds of bulk heroin ready to be packaged into 50,000 bags with a street value of $500,000.

Authorities also recovered over a pound of bulk cocaine worth an estimated $50,000, a homemade heroin kilo press, 1,067 Oxycodone pills, more than $21,000 in cash, two shotguns, and a handgun.

Besides controlling the ring, Ramos also distributed the drugs to customers in his $120,000 BMW.

Ramos’ sentencing comes after the launch of Schneiderman’s Suburban and Upstate Response to the Growing Epidemic Initiative, which was launched to combat on heroin, opioid, and narcotics trafficking organizations.

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