– A New York City man was sentenced
to state prison today for distributing heroin
in Newark, Attorney General Anne Milgram
Israel Ramirez, 28, of Bronx, N.Y., was
ordered to serve ten years in state prison
with three years and four months of parole
ineligibility by Superior Court Judge Melvin
S. Kracov in Hudson County. Ramirez pleaded
guilty on Aug. 20 to all charges contained
in a Dec. 13, 2007 state grand jury indictment,
including conspiracy, possession of heroin
with intent to distribute, and two counts
of distribution of heroin.
co-defendant, Carlos Peralta, 27, of Bronx,
N.Y., pleaded guilty on Aug. 20 to the same
charges. The state will recommend that he
receive the same sentence under his plea
agreement. His sentence is pending.
pleading guilty, Ramirez and Peralta admitted
that between March 27 and 30, 2007, they
possessed more than 10 ounces of heroin
with an estimated street value of more than
$250,000. Ramirez and Peralta admitted that
on two occasions, March 27 and March 28,
2007, they distributed more than one-half
ounce of heroin in Newark.
was arrested in Kearny on March 28, 2007,
when detectives from the New Jersey State
Police found 320 “bricks” of
heroin, equaling more than 6 ounces, in
the vehicle he was driving. A brick contains
50 small $10 street bags. Ramirez was arrested
in Kearny on May 4, 2007.
of the New Jersey State Police Organized
Crime Control Bureau coordinated the investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Philip J. Mogavero
prosecuted the case for the Division of
Criminal Justice Gangs & Organized Crime