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Saturday, September 01, 2018 1:00 am

Drug distribution gets man 15 years in prison

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A man charged in a drug distribution scheme in 2015 was sentenced in federal court Friday to 15 years in prison.

Edgar Moreno-Ramirez, 27, of Mexico City pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine and more than 1 kilogram of heroin. He also pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm in furtherance of the drug trafficking offense, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Indiana said in a news release.

Moreno-Ramirez and his co-defendants were operating a drug distribution house out of a Fort Wayne residence while armed, the release said. The address was not identified.

Moreno-Ramirez, Israel Bonilla and Juan Delacruz were arrested in October 2015.

According to court documents, the men received a package in the mail containing a pound of crystal methamphetamine.

Moreno-Ramirez accepted delivery of the package, with Delacruz standing behind him.

Officers found Bonilla inside the home, as well as a woman and two children, according to court documents.

In the house – in the basement and in bedrooms – officers found safes containing drug ledgers, crystal methamphetamine, heroin, and many guns, including an SKS assault rifle, numerous handguns and a large bundle of cash, according to court documents.

Bonilla, of Michoacan, Mexico, was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for distributing heroin and methamphetamine.

The status of Delacruz's case could not be determined Friday.