A Connecticut gang member who trafficked cocaine and other narcotics in the Bangor area a few years ago was sentenced Monday to 13 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release.
John H. Durham, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, said in a statement that Rodrigo Ramirez, 36, of New Haven – also known as Rico – was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Judge Janet C. Hall.
Durham said Ramirez was a member of a violent New Haven street gang known as the Red Side Guerilla Brims – a sect of the Bloods street gang – which engaged in drug trafficking as well as acts of murder, assaults and armed robberies.
In addition to his role in the Red Side Guerilla Brims – which involved his driving a car carrying other gang members to a murder victim’s home in New Haven – Ramirez also traveled to Maine to assist the gang with its crack cocaine distribution enterprise, according to Durham. Gang members often traded narcotics for firearms when they were in Maine.
Ramirez has been held by authorities since his arrest in Maine on Sept. 2, 2014, on federal narcotics distribution charges.