Union man faces federal charges

By: Staff Report

UNION COUNTY — A Union man is facing federal drug and weapons charges stemming from an investigation conducted by two law enforcement agencies in 2016.

In a statement released earlier this week, Union County Sheriff David Taylor announced that Marcos Antonio Ramirez, 26, 5018 Cross Keys Highway, Union, had been arrested on Monday (June 19) by Union County Narcotics Officers and the Clinton Police Department.

He said that Ramirez was taken into custody at his residence and transported to the Spartanburg County Detention Center.

Taylor stated that Ramirez is charged on a three-count federal indictment including:

• Count 1 — Did possess a firearm as a convicted felon during a conviction of criminal domestic violence.

• Count 2 — Did knowingly, intentionally and unlawfully possess with intent to distribute a quantity of methamphetamine, a Schedule II controlled substance, and marijuana, a Schedule I substance.

• Count 3 — Did knowingly possess a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, which is prosecutable in a court of the United States.

Taylor said these indictments stem from a joint investigation between Union County Narcotics Investigators and the Clinton Police Department in November 2016. He stated that if Ramirez is convicted on these charges, he could face up to 25 years in Federal Prison.

In announcing Ramirez’s arrest, Taylor pointed to it as an example of what can happen when law enforcement agencies work together.

“This is the results you get when you work jointly to get the bigger drug dealers,” Taylor said.

On drugs and weapons violations

Staff Report