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Date: 05-19-2019

Case Style:

United States of America v. Gerson Serrano-Ramirez, a/k/a Frijole

Case Number: 3:17-cr-00164

Judge: Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr.

Court: United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee (Davidson County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Ahmed Safeeullah and Matthew Hoff

Defendant's Attorney: Manuel B. Russ and William Justin Conway

Description:




Nashville, TN - Illegal Alien MS-13 Member Sentenced To Nineteen Years In Federal Prison For Violent Crime And Drug Distribution

Federal Witness was Threatened & Tortured

Gerson Serrano-Ramirez, aka Frijole, 31, an illegal alien and MS-13 gang member from El Salvador, was sentenced today to 19 years in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee . At the completion of his sentence, Serrano-Ramirez will be deported from the United States.

Serrano-Ramirez was convicted by a federal jury in September 2018, of using physical force to tamper with a witness; being an illegal alien in possession of a firearm; illegally re-entering the United States after previously being deported; multiple counts of cocaine distribution; and multiple counts of other firearms violations.

According to evidence and testimony presented at trial, in July 2017, the activities of Seranno-Ramirez and other MS-13 Gang members were disrupting the normal operation and business of a local night club and this was brought to the attention of Serrano-Ramirez by an acquaintance, with a request to tone down their disruptive behavior. Serrano-Ramirez later invited the individual to his home in the Antioch, Tennessee area, where he subsequently assaulted him by pointing an assault rifle at him; strangling him with the rifle strap; spraying bleach into his eyes; and then attempted to suffocate him by placing a plastic bag over his head. Finally, while clamping the individual’s finger with a pair of pliers and holding an assault rifle on him, Seranno-Ramirez told the individual that if he told anyone about the assault that he would kill him and his mother.

Evidence introduced during the trial also included video of the assault which was captured on an in-home security system at Serrano-Ramirez’ house and videos of him packaging and selling cocaine from the residence. This video was discovered and seized during the subsequent execution of a search warrant. Also seized during this search was an AK-47 assault rifle; multiple rifle magazines; 582 rounds of ammunition; body armor; and a small amount of cocaine and marijuana.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; the Drug Enforcement Administration; Homeland Security Investigations – Immigration & Customs Enforcement; and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department Gang Unit.


Charges:


Indictment 8/24/17: 18:922(g)(5) and 18:924 Illegal alien in possession of firearm
(1)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 18:922(g)(5) and 18:924 Illegal alien in possession of firearm
(1s)
Indictment 8/24/17: 8:1326(a) Illegal reentry after previous deportation
(2)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 8:1326(a) Illegal reentry after previous deportation
(2s)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 18:1512(a)(2) Tampering with a Witness
(3s)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 21:841(a)(1) Distribution and possession with intent to distribute cocaine
(4s)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 18:924(c)(1)(A)(ii) Use, carry and brandish of firearm in relation to a crime of violence and drug trafficking
(5s)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 21:841(a)(1) Possession with intent to distribute cocaine
(6s)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 18:924(c)(1)(A)(i) Possession of firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
(7s)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 21:856(a)(1) Maintaining drug-involved premises
(8s)
Superseding Indictment 11/16/2017: 18:924(c)(1)(A)(i) Possession of firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime
(9s)

Outcome: Minute Entry for proceedings held before Chief Judge Waverly D. Crenshaw, Jr: Sentencing hearing held 5/16/2019 as to Gerson Serrano-Ramirez. Victim impact statement given by Xavier Alvarado. Defendant sentenced to a total term of imprisonment of 224 months, followed by a 3 year term of supervised release. No fine or restitution. $900.00 Special Assessment. Agreed Order on forfeiture to be submitted. Judgment to enter. (Court Reporter Lise Matthews.) (eh) (Entered: 05/16/2019)

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