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Man sentenced in 2012 murder case involving 10.5 pounds of meth

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CHALMETTE, La. - A man pleaded guilty Monday to killing one man and trying to kill another in a case involving the largest amount of methamphetamine ever found in St. Bernard Parish – 10.5 pounds worth $535,000.

The case began in 2012, when Jorge Ramirez came to the New Orleans area with one of his victims, Leandro Morales de la Cruz, to assist de la Cruz's brother, Martin, in his drug operation. Martin de la Cruz lived in east St. Bernard Parish and sold meth in the metro area.

Ramirez was 17 at the time.

At some point, Ramirez decided to get rid of the brothers and steal the drugs.

On Oct. 2, 2012, Ramirez fatally shot Leandro Morales De La Cruz, 32, as he slept in a home they had rented only a week earlier in the 8500 block of Regiment Drive in Chalmette. Ramirez then tried to kill Martin De La Cruz, 26, by striking him in the head with a blunt object.

Ramirez was found that same day hiding under a shed on a lot near where Leandro De La Cruz was murdered. Martin De La Cruz survived his injuries and was taken into custody after being hospitalized.

Investigators said Ramirez confessed after his arrest, admitting he killed the man he came here with, tried to kill the brother already living here, and took the meth he knew about, intending to take it back to North Carolina.

Initially, about 10 pounds of meth was recovered. Investigators found the other half-pound  - which Ramirez apparently didn't know existed - several days later.  

Ramirez was held in St. Bernard Parish Prison in lieu of $1.5 million bond during the 13 months since his arrest, but was transferred to a state prison after his guilty pleas, the sheriff said.


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