Wilmington man to serve 13 years for drug distribution

WILMINGTON — On Wednesday a Wilmington man, 31-year-old Miguel Angel Ramos, was sentenced in Raleigh’s Federal District Court to 156 months in prison.

Ramos was charged on July 25, 2019 for distribution of a quantity of fentanyl. Wilmington Safe Street Task Force agents and a confidential source (CI) caught Ramos distributing two controlled substances of suspected heroin laced with the synthetic opioid.  

According to a release, a CI worked with agents to purchase heroin from Ramos twice within a week. The first time was on July 17, 2019 at a Greenfield Lake area gas station. The CI met Ramos and handed over $300 to buy 50 bags of suspected heroin.

The CI and agents made a second controlled substance purchase at a convenience store on Carolina Beach Road on July 25, 2019.  This time the exchange was for 98 bags at $500. 

Both purchases of the suspected heroin tested positive for fentanyl after analyzed at a lab. 

According to the court’s release, Ramos had prior state convictions for the possession of narcotics with the intent to sell or deliver and for trafficking in opium or heroin.

The Wilmington Safe Streets Task Force, Wilmington Police Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated the case as part of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern District of N.C.’s Take Back North Carolina Initiative. The program brings together the work of federal prosecutors, and law enforcement and DA’s offices to reduce the violent crime rate, drug trafficking, and crimes against law enforcement.

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