GULFPORT -- A Texas man found in Biloxi with 10.9 kilos of crystal meth stuffed into fire extinguishers has been sentenced to five years in a federal prison.
Chief District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. gave Guillermo Ramos the maximum penalty for interstate travel in aid of drug racketeering enterprises. He also fined Ramos $5,000 and ordered three years of supervised release after prison.
Ramos, 30, was arrested Jan. 8 after a Biloxi police officer pulled him over in a traffic stop on Interstate 10, noting his car was straddling the center line and weaving. The officer checked Ramos' criminal history, which includes arrests and convictions on violent crimes and drug charges.
The officer found two suspicious fire extinguishers. Neither had a safety pin and their valves had been reattached with Teflon tape, a Drug Enforcement Administration agent testified. The officer's canine, Toon, indicated the presence of drugs.
Tests showed the fire extinguishers held 24 pounds of crystal meth, or ice, meth's purest form.
Ramos admitted he was paid $3,000 to drive the meth from Texas to Atlanta, and said the woman traveling with him did not know he was transporting drugs, the agent said.
Ramos was charged in a three-count indictment. He pleaded guilty to one count April 3. He was sentenced July 2, according to a judgment filed in court records Tuesday.