Man described as kingpin of cocaine, fentanyl ring pleads guilty to drug charges
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Dominican national authorities describe as the kingpin of a major fentanyl and cocaine trafficking ring admitted to his crimes Thursday in federal court.
Ramon Delossantos, 25, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr. to one count each of conspiring to distribute more than 400 grams of the powerful and potentially deadly painkiller fentanyl and distribute more than 5 kilograms of cocaine in what federal prosecutors say was a well-entrenched illicit organization that supplied drugs throughout New England.
Delossantos, of Cumberland, who is also known as Junior or El Guy, listened intently through a Spanish language interpreter as McConnell told him that he could face as much as life in prison and $20 million in fines at his sentencing in September.
Wearing black Nike sneakers and a tan prison outfit, with tattoos snaking up his arms, Delossantos acknowledged that he is not a U.S. citizen and is likely to be deported as a result of his plea.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement had placed a detainer on Delossantos following his arrest by Providence police on a firearms charge in 2014, but he was released from the Adult Correctional Institutions upon completion of his sentence in May 2016 and never reported to probation. He came back on the radar with his arrest in October in what officials said was the dismantling of a major drug ring, with Delossantos, who entered the country illegally in 2011, at the top.
“I have no doubt that lives have been saved in Rhode Island,” DEA Resident Agent in Charge Sam Masiello said at the time. The investigation, dubbed Operation Panamera for the luxury 2010 Porsche Delossantos drove, netted 27 arrests and thwarted the delivery of narcotics coming in to the region from Mexico and Puerto Rico, sometimes through the