News Release
July 10, 2009
Contact: Special Agent Ramona Sanchez
Number: 602 664-5725

Final Member of Methamphetamine Conspiracy on Gila River Indian Reservation Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison

JUL 10 -- PHOENIX - Mario Ramirez-Martinez, 44, in the country illegally from Mexico, was sentenced on July 9, 2009, to 120 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Roslyn O. Silver. In March, Ramirez-Martinez pleaded guilty to the indictment charging him with Conspiracy to Possess With Intent to Distribute 500 grams or More of Methamphetamine and Possession With Intent To Distribute over 500 grams of Methamphetamine.

Between February and April 2008, several purchases of methamphetamine were monitored by Special Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration at the residence of co-conspirator Secundino Favela,51, on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Bapuchle, Ariz. On April 28, 2008, a federal search warrant was executed at Favela’s residence and agents found multiple assault rifles, handguns and $76,523 in U.S. currency. Ramirez-Martinez, and co-defendant Juan Nava-Calderon, 26, also an illegal alien, delivered approximately four pounds of the methamphetamine to the house in a car. In total, the conspiracy involved over 6 pounds of methamphetamine and over $104,000 in U.S. currency.

Favela, who also pleaded guilty, was sentenced in February to 12 years in prison. Nava-Calderon was found guilty by a federal jury and was sentenced in June 2009 to over 13 years (160 months) in prison.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Gila River Police Department and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. The prosecution was handled by Howard D. Sukenic and James B. Morse Jr., Assistant U.S. Attorneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix.

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