Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Gun Trafficking

The Defendant’s Sentence Comes Nearly Three Weeks After His Sister Was Sentenced to Prison for the Same Crime.

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Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Gun Trafficking

PHILADELPHIA – -( Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Mario Ramirez, 33, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 14 years in prison, and three years of supervised release by United States District Judge Gene E.K. Pratter for trafficking weapons, conspiracy, and being a felon in possession of firearms as part of his family’s firearms trafficking ‘business’ in Philadelphia.

The defendant committed these crimes while under the supervision of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a prior gun offense.

In March 2020, the defendant pleaded guilty to all charged offenses in two separate Indictments. First, in January 2019, the defendant was charged with being a felon in possession of firearms stemming from the recovery of four of the defendant’s firearms which he had stored in his mother’s home in Philadelphia. Then in October 2019, the defendant was charged with conspiracy to deal in firearms without a license, dealing in firearms without a license, and being a felon in possession of firearms, all stemming from a law enforcement operation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in the fall of 2018.

During the operation, ATF purchased 35 firearms, including machinegun conversion kits and 11 self-made, non-serialized firearms, in eight transactions from the defendant, who conspired with co-defendant Matthew “Montana” Stephens who had brokered the sales and received a percentage of each sale as a fee.

On March 4, 2021, the defendant’s sister, Elena Ramirez, was sentenced to three years in prison for trafficking firearms and ammunition – sales which were also brokered with the assistance of Stephens.

“Mario Ramirez added to the chaos and carnage on the streets of our city by illegally selling firearms,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Williams. “When he was arrested on these charges, his sister stepped in to fill the gap – and now they will both face the consequences of their actions in federal prison.”

“Firearms trafficking continues to help fuel violent gun crime throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania,” said Matthew Varisco, Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Philadelphia Field Division. “Illegally selling firearms presents an obvious threat toward the safety of our communities. Had it not been for the collaborative work between investigators and the United States Attorney’s Office, dozens of firearms would have been on the streets of Philadelphia where they would have been used in an untold number of violent crimes.”

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. The Department of Justice reinvigorated PSN in 2017 as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, locally-based strategies to reduce violent crime.

The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Priya T. De Souza.

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ATF is the federal law enforcement agency responsible for investigating violations of the federal firearms and explosives laws and regulations. More information about ATF and its programs can be found at of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( ATF )

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In places like Chicago an Philadelphia, you wonder where all the guns come from. They come from people like this guy and his sister. I hope he enjoys his little “time out”! I know the BATFE is no paragon of virtue. they have convicted innocent people with changed rules, false testing, and flat out lies, but they did a good job here. But it doesn’t forgive them for past sins ! This job could have probably been done by another agency that wasn’t tainted and isn’t self policing. The BATFE still needs to be disbanded and replaced with an honest… Read more »


Butters and Fudds are cancer.

Deplorable Bill

“The RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”. No matter how convoluted the atfe or their lawyers or their judges or their politicians try to make it even a grade school kid can easily read, understand and explain that sentence out of the 2A. The REAL questions are; Why are they trying to subvert the constitution and why are they disavowing their oath of office? Smells very much like tyranny and treason to anyone who is not nose blind. I wonder what the legal punishment is for either offence.

Arm up and carry on.


@Deplorable Bill: Do people really think about the fact that “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” if very clear, yet our reality today clearly does not reflect this position. How is it that we are in this position today, where we clearly do not have Unalienable God-given rights, because those right can never been “permitted” or regulated in any way by anyone. Think about it! How is it that this situation has happened? Has anyone ever read an indictment, or even the first paragraph of a court order, and used critical thinking about the content? It is no accident and they are… Read more »


Makes me think of Ernie Wayne Tertelgte, Montana’s ‘living man’.


The reason it is null and void is because of CONSTRUCTIVE FRAUD. You can’t be a party to a contract unknowingly. But I do know where you are coming from. I’d just like to see it in a simpler form then people like Anna Von (what’s her name?) put it.


Still waiting for Obama/Holder to be locked up.


But yet they will still be able to vote as felons. But damn if you get 2A rights. If they are NOT serving a sentence they should have rights restored. And what crime were any of these so called weapons used in ? Didn’t see one example just hyperbole. Trafficking AMMUNITION ? Yeah ok. lol


A felon is someone in a cage. An EX felon is someone who has “paid his debt to society” and is out of the cage.


35 firearms? Isn’t one allowed to sell off their personal collection? I understand the machine gun part (legality of full auto being a separate discussion). Other than that – I hav3 to wonder how the were going to prove he was dealing for profit. Not saying I have that many, or that I would ever sell them all – but really would hate to be arrested if I tried to cash out my collection.

Not A. Potato

When you go to the trouble of hiring a middleman who takes a cut, its not exactly ye olde couple at the gun show cleaning out the dusty safe. There was a similar case in Lubbock, the guy sold to several felons including one who then went on a rampage in Odessa. As for the charges, this seems to be a typical strategy of a DA piling on as many charges as possible in hopes of scoring a plea bargain and hedging against possible screw ups to their case like evidence tampering, incompetence like “machine gun kits” turning out to… Read more »


Are gun auctioneers not hired and take a cut?


So, where is the VICTIM outside of the guy who was kidnapped for his effort at free enterprise that wasn’t sanctioned by the legalized mob? VICTIM? WHO is the VICTIM? Who was DAMAGED? Anyone have an answer?


Looks like the government thugs are bragging about armed robbery, aggravated kidnapping, and violation of rights again.


Correct me if I am wrong.
1.) The ATF’s MAIN responsibility is to the IMPORTATION and EXPORTATION of weapons.
2.) They are not responsible to investigate or assist with INTERNAL(inside of America) investigation relating to ILLEGAL sales of weapons.
3.) Their other responsibility is for COLLECTION OF TAXES on machine guns and EXPLOSIVES which can be used in destruction of buildings or what can be used to kill and maim American Citizens!

Mike the Limey

His oeiginal “felony” was not described, the one where he first had his right to arms taken. Was it a violent act against another person? Carelessness that resulted in harm to another? If so he rightfully forfeited his right to arms BECAUSE of his prior behaviour. Thus his fetching up his four guns from Momma’s place WAS wrong and he got called on it. From what else we’ve seen of late about gun trafficking in Philly, it does seem there have been some significant operations wrongly arming thoseof evil intent, in which case this guy NEEDS some time in the… Read more »


Until Holder, Obama, and Clinton, along with everyone else involved in ATF, the FBI, and DEA, as part of Operation Fast and Furious the gun walking illegal, Contra constitutional operation that put more than 3,000 weapons in Mexico, which was quite literally an act of war by the USA against Mexico, I don’t want to see this guy, his sister, or anyone else going into the penitentiary for ” trafficking in firearms”! I’m more than past tired of the double and triple frigging standard! The peasants get arrested, charged, and thrown in prison for the very same behavior, decisions, and… Read more »


So what you are saying is that SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED only applies to good slaves who follow all the edicts passed down my psychopathic control freaks. Got it…