Santa Rosa, CA – November 19, 2018 – Defendant Jose
Ramirez-Ibarra, 37 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today to serve four
years and four months in prison for possession of methamphetamine for sale,
with a sentencing enhancement for possessing more than one kilogram of
On February 8,
2018, a search warrant was served at the Santa Rosa residence of
Ramirez-Ibarra. Inside his bedroom detectives discovered approximately 2 and a
half pounds of methamphetamine hidden behind a fake smoke detector plate.
Detectives also found a loaded handgun in his closet, and over $79,824 in cash
on a nightstand.
In May of this
year, after Ramirez-Ibarra bailed out of custody, detectives served another
search warrant at his new residence in Windsor. Detectives discovered
approximately one pound of methamphetamine and $4,200 in cash in a room
belonging to Ramirez-Ibarra.
Attorney Ravitch stated, “The combination of this amount of controlled
substances, cash, and a firearm clearly presented a significant public safety
risk. Fortunately, the defendant was apprehended, the narcotics and weapon were
seized and he will serve a significant penalty. We hope this sentence will
serve to deter others who seek to engage in sales of this dangerous narcotic.”
pled no contest in August to two counts of possession of methamphetamine for
purpose of sale and admitted a weight enhancement. As part of the plea he also
agreed to forfeit over $80,000 that was seized. Ramirez-Ibarra will serve his
prison sentence locally because of “The Public Safety Realignment Act” a change
in sentencing law approved by the legislature and signed by the governor in
2011. In addition to requiring many prison sentences to be served in local
jail, the Realignment Act also allows for local prison commitments to be split
between time spent in custody and time spent in the community on mandatory
supervision. Ramirez-Ibarra will be spending two years in custody and the
remainder of his sentence will be spent on mandatory supervision.
The case was
prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Thomas Gotshall. The Santa Rosa
Police Department, Narcotics Division, headed the investigation.