Beckley, W.Va. – Raymond Matthew Ramos, a 41-year-old resident of Lewisburg, has been handed a prison sentence of six years and one month, to be followed by three years of supervised release, for his involvement in the distribution of methamphetamine. The sentencing was delivered on September 22, 2023, as a result of Ramos's illegal activities, which were unveiled during a thorough investigation.
Court documents and statements made in court revealed that Ramos was engaged in drug distribution activities on multiple occasions. On June 29, 2022, Ramos was found to have sold a quantity of methamphetamine to a confidential informant in Alderson. This transaction served as a crucial point of evidence against him. Subsequently, Ramos confessed to not only the June 29 sale but also to selling methamphetamine to the same confidential informant on July 6, 2022, in Beaver, as well as on July 27, 2022, in Lewisburg.
The law enforcement authorities acted swiftly, obtaining a search warrant for a residence where Ramos was known to stay. On July 28, 2022, this warrant was executed, leading to the discovery of incriminating evidence. Officers seized a quantity of methamphetamine, scales, packaging materials, and a sum exceeding $1,000 in cash. It was later revealed that this cash included marked money from the drug transaction that occurred on July 27, 2022. Ramos openly admitted to possessing the confiscated methamphetamine with the intent to distribute it. Additionally, he acknowledged telling law enforcement officers that he had been distributing approximately half a pound of methamphetamine on a weekly basis, starting from the third week of April 2022 up to July 14, 2022.
This case underscores the relentless efforts of law enforcement agencies to combat the distribution of dangerous narcotics in our communities. Methamphetamine is a highly addictive and destructive substance that can have devastating consequences for individuals and families. The successful prosecution of Raymond Matthew Ramos sends a clear message that drug trafficking will not be tolerated, and those responsible will face significant legal consequences.
Ramos's six-year and one-month prison sentence, followed by three years of supervised release, serves as a stern warning to anyone involved in illegal drug activities. It also highlights the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies in protecting the safety and well-being of the residents of Beckley and the surrounding areas.
As the community continues its fight against drug-related issues, local authorities remain committed to pursuing individuals who contribute to the proliferation of illicit substances. The sentencing of Raymond Matthew Ramos serves as a tangible step towards achieving this goal and underscores the importance of maintaining a drug-free environment for all residents.