Columbus Man Sentenced to 160 Months in Connection with Drug Trafficking Ring
May 6, 2016 - 10:44 AM
COLUMBUS – Ramiro Nonato Mendoza, 39, of Columbus, was sentenced in U.S.
District Court to 160 months in prison for heroin and cocaine charges.
Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern
District of Ohio, Timothy Plancon, Special Agent in Charge, Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA), Ohio State Highway Patrol
Superintendent Paul Pride, Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs, Kathy A.
Enstrom, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service, Criminal
Investigation, Donald J. Soranno, Special Agent in Charge, Columbus
Field Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF), Marlon V. Miller, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and
Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott, announced the sentence handed down
today by Chief U.S. District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
Mendoza was one of 22 individuals charged by a superseding indictment
in April 2015. According to court documents, the group operated a drug
trafficking ring that involved numerous kilograms of heroin, cocaine,
methamphetamine and marijuana. The case also involved the illegal
employment of unauthorized aliens and the possession of numerous
The defendants in this case attempted to launder their drug proceeds
by purchasing vehicles, including a Chevrolet Corvette, Cadillac
Escalade, GMC Sierra and Acura TSX. More than $208,000 and 11 firearms
were seized during federal search warrants in connection with this case.
Mendoza pleaded guilty on November 4, 2015 to one count of conspiracy
to possess with the intent to distribute more than one kilogram of
heroin and more than five kilograms of cocaine and one count of money
Acting U.S. Attorney Glassman commended the cooperative investigation
by law enforcement, as well as Assistant United States Attorneys
Timothy D. Prichard and David J. Bosley, who are representing the United
States in this case.
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