Trial begins for "Operation Tres Ciudades" case


Decatur - A trial is underway for a man accused of trafficking large amounts of cocaine.

Eighteen people were arrested in a major drug pipeline, after law enforcement agencies shut them down.

The trial for Eddi Ramirez, 30, is now underway. Police say he is the leader of the drug ring.

"Operation Tres Ciudades" (Three Cities) was taken down in August of 2012.The investigation focused on a drug network that distributed cocaine in Decatur, Springfield and Paxton.  The key figure in the case is 30 year old Eddi Ramirez of Paxton.  Ramirez, also known as "Migo", is in custody.

The ongoing investigation has resulted in the seizure of more than 10 kilograms of cocaine, three kilograms of heroin and approximately $855,000 in cash.  Arrests have been made in Central Illinois, Memphis, Tennessee and Texas.

According to court filings a home on the north end of Decatur was used as a "stash house" by Ramirez and his couriers.  The home was used to package and store cocaine and to move money.  Agents observed people coming and leaving the residence at all hours of the night.  The home was raided back on August 31st.

Ramirez could face a total of 10 years behind bars, if he is convicted.

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