Gabriel Orlando Ramirez Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

Sioux Falls, SD (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 9, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez, a/k/a “Cheech,” age 43, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Ramirez was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  A federal jury found him guilty on July 23, 2020.

The conviction was the result of coordinated efforts of the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. “Cheech” Ramirez had been suspected of selling large quantities of methamphetamine in S

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Meth

Sioux Falls, SD (STL.News) United States Attorney Ron Parsons announced that a Sioux Falls, South Dakota, man convicted of Conspiracy to Distribute a Controlled Substance was sentenced on November 9, 2020, by U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier.

Gabriel Orlando Ramirez, a/k/a “Cheech,” age 43, was sentenced to 240 months in federal prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and a special assessment to the Federal Crime Victims Fund in the amount of $100.

Ramirez was indicted by a federal grand jury on May 8, 2019.  A federal jury found him guilty on July 23, 2020.

The conviction was the result of coordinated efforts of the Sioux Falls Area Drug Task Force. “Cheech” Ramirez had been suspected of selling large quantities of methamphetamine in S

Border Patrol Agents Seize over $103K Worth of Meth at Checkpoint

EAGLE PASS, Texas (STL.News) U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Eagle Pass South Station discovered over 21 pounds of methamphetamine, November 3, 2020.

“This seizure highlights the significance of our immigration checkpoint operations,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin L. Skero.  “Through skilled observation and experience, our agents were able to seize these dangerous narcotics and put these smugglers behind bars.”

Agents assigned to the Eagle Pass Highway 277 Checkpoint referred a vehicle for secondary inspection where a K9 team performed a consented search of the vehicle.  The search resulted in the discovery of 16 brown cellophane wrapped packages, later identified as methamphetamine, concealed inside the vehicle.  The narcotics have an estimated street value worth over $103,000.  The driver, a 25-year-old U.S. citizen, the passenger,

Border Patrol Seizes Liquid Methamphetamine

SALTON CITY, CA (STL.News) El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents seized liquid methamphetamine at the Highway 86 checkpoint on Tuesday morning.

The incident occurred at approximately 11:46 a.m., when a man driving a two tone light/dark green 1996 Ford F-250 truck and a passenger approached the checkpoint for inspection.  A Border Patrol canine detection team alerted to the vehicle.  Agents referred the truck to secondary inspection for further investigation.

A search of the vehicle revealed liquid methamphetamine hidden inside the truck’s gas tank.  The liquid substance inside of the tank tested positive for the characteristics of methamphetamine.

The total weight of the methamphetamine was 165.4 pounds with an estimated street value of $314,260.

The driver, a 34-year-old United States citizen, the vehicle and narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administratio

Over Three Days, RGV Agents Seize More than $2M Worth of Drugs

EDINBURG, TX (STL.News) Since Friday, Border Patrol agents foiled three drug smuggling attempts resulting in the seizure of more than 230 pounds of marijuana, over 53 pounds of cocaine, and nine pounds of methamphetamines.

Friday evening, agents working at the Falfurrias checkpoint were conducting immigration inspections when a service K-9 alerted to a vehicle.  The vehicle was referred to secondary where agents discovered nine pounds of methamphetamines concealed in the vehicle.  The methamphetamines have an estimated street value of $286K.

Saturday, Kingsville agents working at the Javier Vega Jr. Checkpoint referred a tractor trailer for secondary inspection.  Within the vehicle, agents discovered 53 lbs. of cocaine with an estimated value of almost $1.7M.

On Sunday, Rio Grande Ci

Indianapolis CBP K9 Finds 59 Pounds of Meth & 32 Pounds of Marijuana

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (STL.News) On June 8, Indianapolis U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized four shipments coming from various locations containing a total of almost 59 pounds of methamphetamine and 32-and-a-half pounds of marijuana. CBP teamed up with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and local and state officers and are working together to stop theContinue reading “Indianapolis CBP K9 Finds 59 Pounds of Meth & 32 Pounds of Marijuana”

Joplin MO Man, Kevin L. Kivett Sr. Sentenced to 25 Years for Meth Conspiracy

Joplin MO Man, Kevin L. Kivett Sr. Sentenced to 25 Years for Meth Conspiracy – Co-defendant Melissa R. Kivett Has Pleaded Guilty and Awaits Sentencing

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) A Joplin, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper County, Missouri.

Kevin L. Kivett Sr., 59, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole.

On Oct. 1, 2019, Kivett pleaded guilty to parti

Joplin MO Man, Kevin L. Kivett Sr. Sentenced to 25 Years for Meth Conspiracy

Joplin MO Man, Kevin L. Kivett Sr. Sentenced to 25 Years for Meth Conspiracy – Co-defendant Melissa R. Kivett Has Pleaded Guilty and Awaits Sentencing

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) A Joplin, Missouri, man was sentenced in federal court today for his role in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Jasper County, Missouri.

Kevin L. Kivett Sr., 59, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 25 years in federal prison without parole.

On Oct. 1, 2019, Kivett pleaded guilty to parti

Springfield MO Woman, Deidra C. Mathews Pleads Guilty to Meth Conspiracy

SPRINGFIELD, MO (STL.News) A Springfield, Missouri, woman pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to her role in a conspiracy that distributed at least 4.5 kilograms of pure methamphetamine in Laclede County, Missouri.

Deidra C. Mathews, 44, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to participating in a conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine in Laclede County from Nov. 28, 2018, to May 21, 2019.  She remains in federal custody pending a sentencing hearing.

By pleading guilty today, Mathews admitted she distributed approximately nine pounds of methamphetamine between February and April 2019. She received one pound of methamphetamine each week from a co-conspirator, for which she paid $4,500. The overall conspiracy involved the distribution of at least 4.5 kilograms of pure methamphetamine.