Alleged drug-ring leader's trial postponed

URBANA — Trial has been postponed for a Paxton man charged in federal court with allegedly overseeing a cocaine-trafficking ring.

On Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Urbana, a federal judge granted a request from Eddi S. “Migo” Ramirez, 30, of Paxton, to have his Dec. 10 jury trial vacated, according to the U.S. District Court Clerk’s Office.

A status conference was set for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 24.

Ramirez has pleaded innocent to one count of conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine and one count of distribution of cocaine.

The charges allege he oversaw a drug-trafficking ring that distributed large amounts of cocaine throughout Central Illinois, namely in Decatur and Springfield.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in September that Ramirez and 17 others had been charged in connection with a federal investigation into cocaine trafficking.  The investigation resulted in the seizure of more than 10 kilograms of cocaine, three kilograms of heroin and $856,000 in cash, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Ramirez, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Pine Street in Paxton, remains detained in federal law enforcement custody.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine carries a mandatory sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

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