A member of the Tohono O’odham Nation who lives in Mexico was sentenced last week to 200 months in prison for smuggling methamphetamine through the reservation southwest of Tucson.
Bernardo Romo-Ramos, 35, of Sonoyta, Sonora, was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Raner C. Collins, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona.
On Aug. 23, 2016, Romo-Ramos drove a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck through the Papago Gate on the reservation that was loaded with 22 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.2 kilograms of heroin, the release said. Officials found 47 packages stuffed in compartments under the floorboards of the truck, the release said.
Bernardo Romo-Ramos had previously pleaded guilty to importation of more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. The latest case marked Romo-Ramos’s fourth drug trafficking conviction, the news release said.