CHALMETTE, La. -- A teenager at the center of the largest methamphetamine bust in St. Bernard Parish history was sentenced to 30 years of prison Tuesday for the manslaughter of one of his alleged accomplices.
Jorge Ramirez, 18, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the manslaughter of 32-year-old Leandro Morales De La Cruz on October 2, 2012. Ramirez also attempted to kill the victim's brother, 16-year-old Martin De La Cruz.
Ramirez had pleaded guilty on Monday to the charges. The attempted manslaughter charge, which holds a 20-year sentence, will run concurrently with the 30-year manslaughter sentence.
Sheriff James Pohlmann said Ramirez traveled from North Carolina to Chalmette to produce the meth with Leandro Morales De La Cruz and his brother, Martin. Martin De La Cruz distributed the product in the New Orleans area while living in eastern St. Bernard Parish.
“The motive for the killing was to steal the narcotics," Pohlmann said after Ramirez' arrest.
St. Bernard Parish deputies confiscated 10.5 pounds of meth, totaling in more than $500,000 in value. Pohlmann said it's the largest meth bust in the parish's history.
Ramirez was being held in the St. Bernard Parish Prison, but he will be transferred to a state penitentiary after his guilty pleas, Pohlmann said.