The defendant, George Steven Ramirez, is accused of “possession of certain chemicals with the intent to manufacture a controlled substance.”
According to a Beeville Police Department investigator, Ramirez, also known as George Steven Ponce, also known as George Acosta, also known as James Cosa, also known as George Steven Guerra and also known as George Ponce, was caught with pseudoephedrine on Feb. 13.
The chemical is the active ingredient in methamphetamine. It is strictly controlled by state law, and adults must show identification to purchase over-the-counter medications that contain it.
Bee County grand jurors returned an indictment on the possession charge against Ramirez on Oct. 1.
An indictment does not suggest that the defendant is guilty of the charge. It confirms that a panel of 12 citizens decided there was enough evidence in the case to bring the defendant to trial.
The offense is a second degree felony. If convicted, the defendant could be sentenced to 20 years in a state prison and be fined $10,000.
Ramirez’s bond was set at $10,000 by District Judge Janna Whatley.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.