United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas

04/03/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/03/2024 15:08

Fleeing felon sent to prison for firearm and meth

Press Release

Fleeing felon sent to prison for firearm and meth

Wednesday, April 3, 2024
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Texas

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A 41-year-old Corpus Christi man has been ordered to federal prison following his convictions of possessing narcotics with the intent to distribute, being a felon in possession of a firearm and possessing firearms in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

A federal jury sitting in Corpus Christi convicted Jason Ramirez May 10, 2022, following a two-day trial.

U.S. District Nelva Gonzales Ramos has now ordered Ramirez to serve 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm and drug trafficking. He received an additional six-month sentence for possessing a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. The prison terms will run consecutively for a total 126-month sentence of imprisonment. The sentence will be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.

At trial, the jury heard that on Feb. 29, 2020, law enforcement pursued Ramirez after he failed to yield at a stop sign. He soon crashed into a concrete fountain at a local park and fled on foot. Shortly after, they discovered Ramirez in a nearby neighborhood and arrested him.

At the time of arrest, authorities discovered a pistol and meth in Ramirez's vehicle. Upon searching his phone, law enforcement discovered messages related to the selling of drugs and pictures of Ramirez posing with the firearm.

The defense attempted to convince the jury that the gun and meth found in the car did not belong to Ramirez. However, the jury saw video evidence of Ramirez fleeing from the vehicle and footage showing the discovery of the weapon and narcotics. The jury did not believe those claims and found him guilty as charged.

Ramirez has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Corpus Christi Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney John R. Lamont prosecuted the case.

Updated April 3, 2024
Topics
Drug Trafficking
Firearms Offenses