SPRINGFIELD (WGGB) – Police need the public’s help putting a well-known Springfield gang member behind bars after he was busted for selling drugs in a school zone. It happened in July at the corner of Oakland and Orange Streets in Forest Park. Springfield’s Badge Unit officers arrested 33-year-old Jose Ramos.
“Part of their mission is to get rid of drug dealers and gang members that hang out on the corner. ” Springfield Police Sergeant John Delaney says, referring to the intersection where the deal took place.
Police say Ramos immediately caught the attention of officers doing surveillance work because he was riding a bicycle in the pouring rain.
“They had binoculars and were just waiting for him to do a drug deal.” Sgt. Delaney describes. “A customer came up, they could see a transaction take place, and after they saw the customer walking away towards them.”
While Ramos left the scene on his bike, Badge Unit officers apprehended the customer and searched him, discovering a bag of cocaine. They then pursued the dealer, Ramos, who was found streets away. When officers approached, he immediately surrendered.
“He said he had the dope on him and they locked him up. He went quietly.” Sgt. Delaney says.
Ramos was arrested that day on charges of selling cocaine, possession of heroin with intent to distribute and selling drugs in a school zone. He never showed up for his court date to answer to those charges. Police say he faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 2 years in prison.
If you know where Jose Ramos is contact the Springfield Police or text a tip to C-R-I-M-E-S.