BROWNSVILLE, Texas — A Waco, Texas mother of seven was sentenced Aug. 22 to more than 12 years in prison for distributing methamphetamine.
This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick, Southern District of Texas. This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Jackeline Hortencia Ramirez, 34, of Waco, Texas, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Fernando Rodriguez, Southern District of Texas, to150 months in federal prison.
In October 2018, Ramirez plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute 5.34 kilograms of methamphetamine.
During sentencing, the court noted the number of drug trafficking trips Ramirez made, the damage methamphetamine causes on both sides of the border and the payments she received.
At the hearing, Ramirez asked the court for leniency given she is a mother of seven children, the youngest of which is four-years-old.
According to court documents, on June 26, 2018, Ramirez entered the United States through the port of entry in Brownsville driving a Nissan Maxima with two of her minor children.
During inspection, authorities discovered the nearly six kilograms of methamphetamine in a hidden compartment.
The investigation revealed Ramirez had previously made approximately five trips to Waco and Houston to deliver drugs and return the drug proceeds for delivery in Matamoros.
She received between $4000-6000 for each trip she made.
She will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Oscar Ponce, Southern District of Texas, represented the government.