August 4, 2021


Beyond law

Cartel-joined heroin, fentanyl traffickers plead guilty to distributing drugs in Newport News, North Carolina

NEWPORT News, Va. – 5 persons accused of having component in an in depth drug trafficking ring both entered pleas or had been sentenced to prison for distributing big amounts of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine in Newport Information and North Carolina.

“Fentanyl and heroin have inflicted immeasurable quantities of pain and introduced devastation to family members across the United States and in EDVA,” claimed Raj Parekh, Performing U.S. Lawyer for the Jap District of Virginia. “Due to their tenacity and motivation, our federal, condition, and regional legislation enforcement associates seized 24 unlawful firearms, 30 kilograms of heroin, and more than enough fentanyl to get rid of around 14 million people, saving our communities from significant decline of lifetime and destruction.”

According to court documents, Morelos male Ramiro Ramirez-Barreto, 44, operated a continuing felony business with ties to Virginia, North Carolina, Texas and California. Ramirez-Barreto was connected to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, as ended up his drug sources, and his procedure provided cocaine, heroin and fentanyl to drug traffickers in Newport Information, Virginia and in Henderson and Greensboro, North Carolina.

Court docket paperwork say Ramirez-Barreto supplied 1 of his buyers with 60 kilograms of heroin from early 2018 to mid-2019. Yet another 1 of Ramirez-Barreto’s buyers was an inmate in federal prison running a drug trafficking group in Henderson, North Carolina working with a bootleg cell cellular phone.

Ramirez-Barreto pleaded guilty and faces a necessary minimal term of 20 decades in jail and a maximum time period of daily life in jail.

Four supplemental defendants were also sentenced for their roles in the drug trafficking conspiracy.

Tangynika Johnson, 44, of Henderson, NC, assisted co-defendant Cory Bullock, an inmate in a West Virginia federal prison, in obtaining drug proceeds sent to Ramirez-Barreto. Johnson pleaded guilty on January 29, 2021, to using a interaction facility in furtherance of drug trafficking, and faces a greatest penalty of 4 decades in jail.

James Noyes, 55, of Newport News, was a mid-stage heroin distributor within co-conspirator Damarcus Mackie’s drug trafficking organization. Noyes was sentenced to 10 many years in prison.

Keith A. Brownson, 42, of Henderson, North Carolina, was a cocaine and heroin seller who organized fall-offs of medication and drug proceeds with Ramirez-Barreto. Brownson pleaded responsible on January 29, 2021, to conspiracy to distribute and have with intent to distribute 500 grams or far more of cocaine. He faces a mandatory minimal of 5 several years and a utmost penalty of 40 several years in prison.

Russell P. Johnson, 50, of Suffolk, Virginia, was sentenced to 140 months in jail on January 25, 2021, for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or additional of heroin, 400 grams or much more of fentanyl, and 500 grams or much more of cocaine.