OAKLAND -- An East Bay drug kingpin was sentenced to 262 months in prison -- nearly 22 years -- Friday for conspiring to distribute more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine.

On March 22, 2012, Ramon Rubio, also known as Jose DeJesus Munoz, pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Rubio admitted to distributing more than 18 pounds of methamphetamine to buyers in Contra Costa County between September 2010 and April 2011.

When he was arrested, nearly four pounds of virtually pure methamphetamine were recovered from a secret compartment in his car, authorities said.

Federal officials said Rubio managed a large-scale methamphetamine-trafficking ring responsible for distributing methamphetamine throughout the county.

In April 2011, Rubio, 38, was arrested and charged along with sixteen other individuals after a sweep of arrests and search warrants executed throughout Contra Costa County resulted in the seizure of more than 100 pounds of methamphetamine, $86,000 in cash and 26 firearms.

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