News Release
January 13, 2009
Contact: Thomas E. Murphy
(314) 538-4660

Texas Man Sentenced to 17 1/2 Years for Possesion with
Intent to Distribute Cocaine

JAN 13 -- (EAST ST. LOUIS, IL) - A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, announced today that on January 9, 2009, John RAMOS, age 38, of El Paso, Texas, was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment, 5 years of supervised release, ordered to pay a mandatory special assessment of $100, and $1,000 fine. RAMOS had previously pled guilty to the charge of possession with intent to distribute cocaine on August 28, 2008.

On August 29, 2007, RAMOS was driving his truck from El Paso, Texas, to Chicago, Illinois. He was stopped for speeding and arrested in Granite City, Illinois, by Granite City police on that date. The police then searched the truck and discovered the cocaine in the cab and the trailer. Investigation in support of the prosecution was conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Granite City Police Department.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.