Jacksonville man gets 10 years on heroin charges


NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – A federal judge has sentenced an undocumented immigrant living in Jacksonville to 10 years in prison on heroin distribution and firearm charges.

Juan Ramirez-Martinez, also know as Panda, was arrested in March after he was found with at least 308 grams of heroin and a firearm he was using for drug trafficking, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office statement.

He pleaded guilty in May to charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin, possession of a firearm by an illegal alien and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, according to the statement.

Ramirez-Martinez received 128 months of imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

Investigation of the case was conducted by the Jacksonville Police Department, Onslow County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

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