SB County’s top prosecutor seeks greater partnership with feds

RIVERSIDE — District Attorney Michael A. Ramos announced plans Wednesday to strengthen his office’s partnership with federal prosecutors.

Ramos told members of the Inland Empire Chapter of the Federal Bar Association that he plans to cross-designate one of his local prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Ramos revealed the plan while discussing a host of top issues affecting public safety, such as street gangs, medical marijuana and mortgage fraud, alongside Riverside County District Attorney Paul Zellerbach and U.S. Attorney Andre Birotte Jr. during a meeting at U.S. District Court in Riverside.
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Vagos gang crackdown nets arrests, weapons, drugs

By Mike Cruz, The (San Bernardino County) Sun
Posted: 10/06/2011 03:46:10 PM PDT

Hundreds of weapons, including an anti-tank gun and a rocket launcher, methamphetamine and cocaine were seized Thursday when several members of the Vagos motorcylce gang were arrested during a seven-county sweep across Southern California.

State agents say 52 search warrants and 12 arrest warrants were served Thursday, resulting in nine actual arrests and targeting the “upper echelon” of the Vagos. Five of the arrests occurred in San Bernardino County.

At a news conference at San Bernardino Police Department, law enforcement officials said the investigation started 18 months ago when they began looking into a narcotics trafficking ring.

That investigation grew to include other alleged crimes by Vagos members, such as solicitation of murder, receiving stolen property, auto theft, perjury, extortion, robbery and rape, state agents said.
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Casino robbery suspect ordered to Patton State Hospital

The alleged mastermind behind a $1.5 million heist at Soboba Casino last year has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial and ordered to a state mental health hospital.

Judge Mark A. Mandio confirmed an earlier ruling, based on reports from mental health experts, and ordered defendant Rolando Luda Ramos be committed to Patton State Hospital, near Highland, during proceedings Friday in Riverside Superior Court.

The court initially found Ramos mentally incompetent to face a 14-count criminal complaint, during proceedings on Oct. 14.

Ramos, 27, will remain at Patton for a period not to exceed three years and was credited for 539 days he has already served in custody, according to Superior Court records. The court also authorized medical personnel to administer antipsychotic medication to the defendant by a treating psychiatrist.
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SB County’s district attorney defends his integrity following plea bargain

Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 11/10/2008 01:52:26 AM PST

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael A. Ramos wants to make one thing perfectly clear: He can’t be bought.

The county’s top prosecutor wants to dispel any public perception that more than $12,000 in contributions to his campaign in the last two years from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and an attorney had anything to do with a plea bargain that allowed two wealthy tribal members to receive probation and electronic monitoring for plotting to kill a man in 2006.

“This office will not, and cannot, and never will be bought. It doesn’t matter who you are,” Ramos said. “And that’s the most important part of the DA’s office – our integrity.”
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Casino robbery suspect declared mentally incompetent for trial in Riverside

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The alleged mastermind of a $1.5 million heist of the Soboba Casino was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial on the charges during court proceedings Tuesday.

Upon reviewing reports from mental health experts, Judge Timothy F. Freer declared defendant Rolando Luda Ramos mentally incompetent to face a 14-count criminal complaint in Riverside Superior Court.

Ramos is scheduled to return to court Nov. 14 for a placement order. In the meantime, criminal proceedings against Ramos will be suspended.

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