SEATTLE (AP) — The Justice Department says the leader of a multinational heroin trafficking organization has been arrested in Mexico and returned to the U.S. to face charges.
U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes said in a Thursday news release 34-year-old Ricardo Ramacho was arrested August 9 near Tijuana, Mexico.
He and four others arrested in Washington state in June have been indicted on drug-trafficking charges.
Ramacho, a U.S. citizen, was transferred to FBI custody and made his initial appearance Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, in San Diego.
The others indicted include 25-year-old Alexa Bockmier; 30-year-old Nicholas Bond; and 64-year-old Burrell de Bose, aka “O.G.;” all of Seattle, and 28-year-old Cody Clay of Renton.
They have each pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to distribute heroin.