Salvador Hernandez Ramirez
Photo: MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Photo: MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL

West Chester man sentenced for role in drug trafficking ring across Ohio

The 2018 indictment charged Salvador Hernandez Ramirez, 24, along with six other people with engaging in a drug trafficking conspiracy in the Miami Valley and across southern and central Ohio.

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Ramirez, also known as “Listo,” personally oversaw the distribution of hundreds of thousands of dollars of methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin in Ohio, officials said. Ramirez would periodically travel to the western United States to obtain kilogram quantities of narcotics and distribute the drugs to local dealers in Ohio, according the U.S. Department of Justice.

He did this on behalf of Eduardo Bonilla, who operated an international drug ring from his Ohio state prison cell from 2015 until June 2018 while serving a life sentence for murder, officials said.

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Bonilla initially relied on former fellow inmates to run his operation outside of prison and send the proceeds to Mexico. State and federal authorities investigated and prosecuted those individuals, and Bonilla began conducting his illicit business through Ramirez.

The others charged in this case include:

• Tamara McQueen, 21, Hamilton

• Luiz Roberto Diaz-Magana, 29, Queretaro, Mexico

• Jesus Garcia, aka Jesse Garcia, 49, West Chester

• Joshua L. Leach, 34, Plain City

• Brandi Danyell Loy, aka Brandi Richey, 34, Plain City

• Takeea Trammell, 41, Dayton

The defendants are charged with manufacturing and distributing methamphetamine and money laundering.

The cases include charges against 14 individuals and the seizure of more than 140 pounds of meth, seven kilograms of fentanyl, two kilograms of heroin and more than $130,000 in cash.

Task force agencies that investigated the cases include the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, Monroe Police Department and Middletown Division of Police.

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