East Coweta man caught in his meth ‘superlab’ draws 30-year prison term

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‘Mexican citizen’ to be deported after sentence

An east Coweta County man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for operating a methamphetamine “superlab” from his home where 400 pounds of crystal and liquid methamphetamine were seized in a June 2017 raid.

Ramiro Hermosillo-Salazar, 30, has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for violations of federal drug and firearm laws. There is no parole in the federal system.

Law enforcement on June 15, 2017 uncovered a methamphetamine “superlab” containing approximately 400 pounds of crystal and liquid methamphetamine at Hermosillo’s residence near Palmetto, along with several loaded firearms, according to U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak

“Methamphetamine is the most trafficked illegal drug in Georgia, and it has devastated the lives of many of our fellow citizens,” said Pak. “Hermosillo produced hundreds of pounds of the drug in a ‘superlab’ in his home where his young children resided.Thanks to the efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and local law enforcement partners, this cache of drugs is off our streets. Our effort to aggressively confront the methamphetamine problem continues, and we will seek lengthy sentences for those who peddle this poison.”

Commenting on the case, DEA Atlanta Field Division Special Agent in Charge Robert J. Murphy said, “The dangers associated with meth remain one of the most significant drug threats facing our community. In that regard, DEA Atlanta will continue to work with our law enforcement partners fighting drug trafficking organizations such as this to keep this poison off our streets.”

Following a multi-month DEA investigation, agents identified Ramiro Hermosillo-Salazar as a likely member of a methamphetamine trafficking organization, said Pak.

U.S District Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr., sentenced Ramiro Hermosillo-Salazar, 30, of Palmetto, Georgia, to 30 years in prison to be followed by five years of supervised release. Hermosillo was also ordered to pay restitution to the government for the cost of dismantling the superlab. Following his term of imprisonment, Hermosillo, a citizen of Mexico, will be deported from the United States.

OnJune 15, 2017, DEA agents, aided by the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team, executed a federal search warrant at Hermosillo’s residence in Palmetto.Law enforcement encountered the defendant in the residence and arrested him.

They discovered that Hermosillo was also living at the residence with his three minor children, ages 5, 8, and 9.

During the search, agents discovered a methamphetamine “superlab” in a separate building several yards from the house. The lab contained approximately 300 pounds of highly pure crystal methamphetamine, as well as several gallons of liquid methamphetamine that, if converted to its crystal form, would have yielded an additional 100 pounds of the drug, said Pak.

Pak said that, inside the residence, agents also found a second, smaller methamphetamine lab in a room next to the kitchen.There they discovered several more kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, and over $12,000 in U.S. currency. Hermosillo had placed three loaded rifles at points throughout the home, one of which was equipped with a high-capacity magazine.

“The dangers this lab presented to those children that had to live in this and also to the surrounding community was without a doubt a senseless, selfish criminal act by someone who has no conscience for anyone and flaunts the law. I am proud of the officers, both local and federal, for the tremendous job they did getting this person and the poison he produced off the streets and out of our neighborhoods.

Our job is to provide security and safety to our citizens and this was a job done well,” said Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager.

Other evidence of Hermosillo’s drug trafficking included a bulletproof vest and a video surveillance system to monitor the property. A search of the stored surveillance video revealed that Hermosillo had been operating the “superlab” for at least several months, said Pak.

Hermosillo on Oct. 4 pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute on premises where minor children resided and possession of firearms in furtherance of drug trafficking crimes, said Pak.