Man convicted of selling large amounts of drugs

Published 02/11 2014 07:38AM

Updated 03/17 2014 03:42PM

Update: 10:05, 3/15/14, Saturday
URBANA -- A Paxton man has been convicted for distributing cocaine. Authorities say Eddi Ramirez ran a trafficking network across Central Illinois. During his seven-day trial, evidence proved Ramirez led a drug organization which police believe imported about 200 pounds of cocaine from Mexico.
Original: 7:38 am, 2/11/14, Tuesday
URBANA -- A Paxton man is on trial, accused of distributing large amounts of drugs. In this federal case, prosecutors say he was moving cocaine and heroin, and investigators found nearly $1 million in cash.

The trial is underway at the U.S. District Courthouse. The charges are the result of an investigation known as "Operation Tres Ciudades," or three cities; namely, Springfield, Decatur and Paxton. Those are the main areas where police say Eddi Ramirez lead a drug ring.

Ramirez is charged along with 17 other defendants in this investigation. The FBI says police found more than 10 kilograms of cocaine, 3 kilograms of heroin and $855,716 in cash during the investigation.

Police also found a "stash house" at 76 East Court Street, in Decatur. Police say Ramirez and his carriers used it to store and package cocaine and move money.

Ramirez and eight of the other defendants are each charged with conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine from January to August 2012. If convicted, they face 10 years to life in prison.

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