Holyoke man admits being passed suboxone while in jail

  • Ivan Ramos, 21, of Holyoke (middle) is led to the witness stand in Hampshire Superior Court. STAFF PHOTO/MICHAEL CONNORS

Staff Writer
Published: 2/14/2020 10:02:52 AM
Modified: 2/14/2020 10:02:40 AM

NORTHAMPTON — A 21-year-old Holyoke man was sentenced Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court to 270 days in jail on drug distribution charges.

Ivan Ramos was sentenced by Judge Richard Carey to the Hampshire County Jail & House of Corrections after he pleaded guilty to possession of a class B substance with intent to distribute and conspiracy to violate drug law. Ramos was credited with 270 days time served as he is currently being held as a suspect in a Holyoke double homicide from 2017.

According to Northwestern Assistant District Attorney Jeremy Bucci in court, Ramos was being held at the Hampshire County jail in January 2019 when he was passed 19 Suboxone strips valued at more than $2,000 through a kiss from a visitor.

Bucci said that the commonwealth would have been able to present evidence that the value of the drugs showed intent to distribute. 

When asked by Carey if Bucci’s statements in court were true, Ramos said, “some of it, to a certain extent.”

“Did you intentionally engage in these actions whereby this class B substance … was transferred from her to you in the jail?” Carey asked. “Yes,” Ramos responded before pleading guilty to the two charges.

Bucci said in court that the plea agreement was “carefully negotiated” over a period of months.

“It allows the defendant to plead guilty, accept responsibility, and, in exchange, receive a sentence that is commensurate with other people who are similarly situated,” Bucci said.

Ramos’ defense attorney, Cory Mescon, agreed that Ramos wanted to “take responsibility for his actions and put this matter behind him” despite saying she believed the question of whether Ramos intended to distribute the drugs was a triable issue.

Mescon said Ramos has “a positive attitude” and was looking forward to being back in the workforce and with his family once eventually released from jail. She said Ramos is no longer allowed to have contact visits in jail and had spent five weeks in a segregated unit.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com.

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