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“Daily News: NYC Drug Ring Leader Gets 15 Years for Distributing Heroin, Opioids and Cocaine to Albany”

July 24, 2017

As published by The New York Daily News, on July 21, 2017.

A drug dealer who funneled heroin, cocaine and illegal prescription medication from Brooklyn and the Bronx to Albany will be serving the next decade and a half in prison, officials said Friday.

An Albany judge on Thursday sentenced Juan Ramos, of Brooklyn, to 15 years in prison and five years post-release supervision for being the leader of a drug ring that distributed hundreds of thousands of dollars in narcotics throughout the city, the Capital Region, Maine and Pennsylvania, according to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office.

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

Ramos was sentenced after pleading guilty to felony drug sale charges on Tuesday.

His partner in crime, Noemi Maldonado, also pleaded guilty and is expected to receive the same sentence, as well as 27 drug dealers under his command.

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

Also seized during the investigation was more than a pound of bulk cocaine with an approximate street value of $50,000, a homemade heroin kilogram press, 1,067 Oxycodone pills, over $21,000 in cash, two shotguns and one handgun.

Besides leading the ring, Ramos also dropped off the drugs to customers in his $120,000 BMW, the Attorney General’s office said.
Ramos’ sentencing follows the launch of Schneiderman’s Suburban and Upstate Response to the Growing Epidemic Initiative, which is designed to crackdown on heroin, opioid and narcotics trafficking networks.

The SURGE Initiative targets gangs and individuals who deal heroin and opioids and commit acts of violence in suburban and upstate communities across New York State.