Crime

Man facing life for cocaine already on probation for marijuana bust

Ramiro Hernandez
Ramiro Hernandez

A man facing 10 years to life in prison over 15.9 kilos of cocaine faces more prison time for violating his probation on a conviction involving 207 kilos of marijuana.

A federal judge in Corpus Christi, Texas, has turned over the probation violation of Ramirez Hernandez to a judge in U.S. District Court in Gulfport.

A final hearing to revoke his probation is set for Sept. 15, the same day he and his wife will be sentenced in a cocaine conspiracy.

Hernandez, 37, and his wife have each pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to distribute 35 pounds of cocaine. They were arrested March 19 on Interstate 10 in Jackson County. A state trooper has testified two children were riding unrestrained in the back of a sport utility vehicle, which led to the traffic stop. The parents were arrested and their children taken into protective custody.

The cocaine was found in the SUV’s overhead liner, court papers show.

His wife, Judith Noriega Hernandez, 33, also faces 10 years to life in prison.

Ramiro Hernandez had been sentenced to five years in prison and four years of probation in 2010 for a conspiracy to distribute 456.5 pounds of marijuana in Corpus Christi. He’d been indicted with two other men.

He did not have permission to be in Mississippi when he was arrested in March, a court document said.

He had been on probation nearly eight months.

Ramiro Hernandez was brought before a judge on the probation violation Wednesday. He declined to hear the allegations, a court record said.

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