Archive for Thursday, August 7, 2008

Minnesota man convicted of ‘largest cocaine seizure’ in Kansas history

200 marijuana plants confiscated in separate case

August 7, 2008


A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a Minnesota man of two charges in what U.S. Attorney Eric Melgren called "one of the largest cocaine seizures in state history."

Franklin County Sheriff's officers had arrested Nestor Ramirez, 28, on Oct. 17, 2007, on Interstate 35 and seized almost 550 pounds of cocaine, according to Melgren's office. A jury in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., convicted Ramirez, who was a passenger in a truck, of conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

A jury convicted Manuel Barraza-Martinez, the truck's driver, on the same charges on Aug. 1. Deputy Carl Bentley stopped the truck after he had received a tip from Georgia State Police about a stop on a similar truck the day before, according to Melgren's office.

Ramirez will be sentenced Nov. 3, and he faces a penalty of at least 10 years in prison on each count. Barraza-Martinez will be sentenced Oct. 27.

In a separate case, the Franklin County Drug Task Force arrested 60-year-old Don M. Dever of Osawatomie on Wednesday on charges of cultivation of marijuana, a tax stamp violation and possession of paraphernalia.

The task force seized more than 200 mature marijuana plants along with numerous items to grow and maintain the plants in the 1700 block of Jackson Road, said Lt. Jimmie Dean, of the Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

The investigation continues, he said.


woodenfleaeater 9 years, 7 months ago

Poor Mr. Dever. He was just getting ready for the Cheech and Chong reuniting tour.

hawklet21 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow, little ol' Franklin County is stepping up in the world!

trinity 9 years, 7 months ago

yer darn tootin' hawklet! :) attaboys to the fr co sheriff's department! :)

Deb Stavin 9 years, 7 months ago

Is Don Dever related to Lawrence Mayor Michael Dever?

Bone777 9 years, 7 months ago

Ramirez??? Oh, the Minnesota Ramirezs, that's right....I'm sure Minnesota would be real proud that we are giving them credit for this drug runner from the south.

XEPCT 9 years, 7 months ago

It's only taking a bucket of water out of a lake.

ronwell_dobbs 9 years, 7 months ago

Wow. Chalk this up with Baldwin City PD's internet pedophile police and we have ourselves a Law & Order Plains Edition right here in eastern KS.Maybe Phil Kline can play the part of the D.A., ala Fred "Neckfat" Thompson

tongaloid 9 years, 6 months ago

this person was an illegal alien from mexico and admitted such to the police while their box van was being searched. he and his "associate" had real birth certificates from puerto rico, the birth certificates were not theirs. the pair used these to obtain licenses and ids from calif and minn. i was in the court room so this is first hand it's sad that we have to import drug runners into this country. just another illegal alien doing a job an american won't do any more.

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