June trial set for alleged cocaine-ring leader

URBANA — A June trial estimated to last five days has been set for a Paxton man charged in federal court with allegedly overseeing a cocaine-trafficking ring.

On Friday in U.S. District Court in Urbana, the attorney representing Eddi S. “Migo” Ramirez, 30, of Paxton, requested a trial date be set.

A jury trial was set for June 3, starting with jury selection at 9 a.m. A final pretrial conference was set for 9:15 a.m. May 24.

Ramirez’ attorney, Diana Lenik, indicated at Friday’s status conference that she would be filing a motion to sever — which, if granted, would separate Ramirez’s trial from those of numerous codefendants charged with the same crimes.

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 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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