A Navy SEAL has pleaded guilty to charges of importing 10 kilos of cocaine into the United States. Miami DEA agents were tipped off in December 2013 that a Navy member might transport drugs using a government passport.
Angel Martinez-Ramos, 35, left active duty in 2010 and later served as a member of the Naval Reserves, according to documents obtained by NewsOXY. He has served as a Navy SEAL for the past 14 years.
Martinez-Ramos was questioned by border patrol officers on Christmas Eve, the documents say, when he got off a flight from Aruba at Miami International Airport. He told officers he was traveling alone and was carrying a Travelpro suitcase. However, officers identified and questioned his wife Bibiana Marcela Lopez-Correa, who was also on board, court records show. She, too, told officers she was flying by herself and said she was going to meet her husband ‘David’ – but confirmed Martinez-Ramos was actually her husband when asked.
Ten kilos of cocaine were found in a Totto carry-on suitcase left behind on the plane that Lopez-Carrea said belonged to her husband, packed as “brick-shaped objects.” The drugs’ street value is worth up to $350,000 and were allegedly given to Martinez-Ramos at the Aruba airport bathroom.
Lopez-Correa told officers her SEAL husband instructed her to stay on the plane until he called – and that if asked to say she was visiting her husband in Virginia. Martinez-Ramos reportedly took the Travelpro suitcase – but his wife left the other suitcase behind when she didn’t receive a call. Both were arrested, and authorities found drug testing kits, a money counter and a scale at Martinez-Ramos’ home in Hampton, Virginia, records show.
They also found grenades, firearms and almost 9,000 ammunition rounds. Martinez-Ramos was charged with conspiracy to import a controlled substance, importation of a controlled substance, and possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, documents show.
In March, he pleaded guilty to conspiring to import cocaine and faces between 10 years and a life sentence.
Lopez-Correa, however, has already pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 70 months in prison.