(Monterey County Herald) An elderly couple mistakenly detained in a vast SWAT operation last year have filed suit against the city of Salinas, while the reputed violent drug dealer police actually sought has disappeared due to a clerical error, officials said.
Omar Ramirez, 26, has been missing since March 18, Monterey County prosecutor Rolando Mazariegos said, after Ramirez was convicted by a jury of conspiring to sell methamphetamine, possessing methamphetamine for sale and street terrorism.
Mazariegos said Ramirez was scheduled to be sentenced to up to 24 years in prison when his bail was supposed to be set at $300,000. Instead, it was mistakenly recorded as $3,000.
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A year earlier, the day police thought they were bringing him in as part of Operation Snake Eyes, Ramirez was nowhere near the couple's house on Park Street.
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He was already in jail for an alleged parole violation.