Supplier gets 16 years as meth cases plead out
Interviewed by law enforcement after his arrest in June, the reputed supplier for what authorities claimed to be the Grand Valley’s largest methamphetamine ring said he was expecting a fresh shipment of the drug to arrive within days after sending $60,000 in cash profit back to Mexico.
At its height, the group was shipping $300,000 per month from local drug sales south of the border, 28-year-old Chemarie Gonzalez-Hernandez claimed.
His recorded confession was played in court last week when Gonzalez-Hernandez was sentenced to 16 years in prison under the terms of a plea agreement. Gonzalez-Hernandez is the brother-in-law of Dawn Michelle Ortiz-Ramirez, 35, the woman who authorities allege headed up a local network of 30-plus individuals who were arrested during a sweep in June. Her case is scheduled to return to court in January.
At least 11 other alleged members of the group have pleaded guilty and been sentenced, according to court records and local prosecutors. Two have pleaded not guilty.
The arrests were the product of a 13-month investigation, which court records show involved the use of wiretaps on 14 cellular phones.