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Texas man sentenced on cocaine charge

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy announced today that Mark Ramos, 32, of San Antonio, Texas, who was convicted of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute, and distribution of, more than 500 grams of cocaine, was sentenced to time served by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that between May 2016 and June 1, 2016, the defendant conspired with co-defendants Jabriel Crews, Charles Gonzalez, and others, to take delivery of cocaine sent through the U.S. mail, and to distribute it in the Buffalo area.

On June 1, 2016, Ramos drove a rented vehicle to the parking lot of a retail store in Cheektowaga, NY, and parked next to a car driven by Charles Gonzalez. After a brief meeting in Gonzalez’s vehicle, Gonzalez removed a package containing cocaine from the trunk and gave it to the defendant, who then placed in the trunk of his vehicle. Upon executing a search warrant on the vehicle, officers recovered two bricks of cocaine inside of a U.S. postal parcel addressed to Charles Gonzalez.

Charles Gonzalez was charged and convicted in state court. Jabriel Crews was charged and convicted in federal court and is awaiting sentencing.

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge James J. Hunt, New York Field Division, and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Timothy Howard.