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South Texan admits to distributing fentanyl through the mail

July 21, 2023
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A 36-year-old Brownsville resident has pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 1,741 grams of fentanyl, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar Hamdani.

Heriverto Ramirez packaged 494 grams of fentanyl for distribution to a trailer park in Houston using the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), concealing the dangerous narcotic in the shell of a tankless hot water heater.

Law enforcement executed a search warrant at the residence of Ramirez and discovered an additional 1,247 grams of fentanyl and 8.48 kilograms of cocaine. During the year-long investigation, authorities learned Ramirez coordinated cocaine distribution from his home while also distributing cocaine and fentanyl through USPS.

“This case is a perfect example of how Fentanyl, a potent and deadly opioid, is overtaking every aspect of the illicit drug trade,” said Hamdani. “Experts consider a lethal dose of fentanyl to be 2 milligrams. Ramirez was caught mailing half a kilogram of fentanyl through the USPS, creating a potentially deadly hazard for anyone handling the package. Now he faces his own consequences.”

Sentencing has been set for Oct. 11. At that time, Ramirez faces up to life in federal prison.

He has been and will remain in custody pending sentencing.

Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation with the assistance of  Texas Department of Public Safety. Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Eyes is prosecuting the case.

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