Paxton man denies part in drug trafficking
URBANA — A Paxton man pleaded innocent Monday to federal charges alleging he oversaw a drug-trafficking ring that distributed cocaine throughout Central Illinois.
Eddi S. "Migo" Ramirez, 30, was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Urbana. He pleaded not guilty to one count of conspiracy to distribute five or more kilograms of cocaine and one count of distribution of cocaine. Ramirez was indicted on both counts following his arrest on Aug. 31.
A pretrial hearing was set for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28, and jury selection and his trial was set for 9 a.m. Dec. 10.
Ramirez appeared with his court-appointed attorney, Diana Lenik of Urbana.
The U.S. Attorney's office announced last month that Ramirez and 17 others had been charged in connection with a federal investigation into a cocaine-trafficking ring that Ramirez allegedly led. The investigation resulted in the seizure of more than 10 kilograms of cocaine, three kilograms of heroin and $856,000 in cash.
The network allegedly distributed large amounts of cocaine in Springfield and Decatur.
Arrests in connection with investigation have been made in Tennessee and Texas as well as in Central Illinois.
Ramirez, who listed an address in the 200 block of East Pine Street in Paxton, remains in federal law enforcement custody.