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Clearwater Man Sentenced To Prison For Drug Distribution

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10)-- Clearwater Man sentenced to prison for conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine on Friday, June 25.

Jorge Ramirez, 41, of Clearwater has been sentenced to 15 years and 8 months in prison. Ramirez had pleaded guilty on August 25, 2020.

According to information presented during Ramirez's sentencing hearing, in 2011, Ramirez was convicted in state court (Pasco County) for trafficking cocaine. After serving more than three years in state prison, Ramirez—also known as "Dientes," "Cha-Ching," and "Ching"—resumed selling large amounts of drugs, distributing kilogram quantities of methamphetamine, as well as smaller amounts of heroin and cocaine for years before he was ultimately arrested in this case. By the time Ramirez's Spring Hill, Florida-based, Mexican cartel-affiliated suppliers were arrested in April 2019, Ramirez had sold at least 40 kilograms of highly pure methamphetamine over the previous five months.

In December 2020, United States District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced each of Ramirez's suppliers, Adan Barajas Maldonado and Juan Carlos Arias Castillo, to 25 years in prison.

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