Wesley R. Ramirez, 33, of Grand island was scheduled to be sentenced in Jefferson County Court on Wednesday, August 25, but failed to appear. Linda Bauer was the presiding judge.\nRamirez was one of seven suspects arrested in June of this year as part of a drug bust. He was originally charged with three counts: possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine), a class 4 felony punishable by two years in prison, 12 months of post-release supervision and as $10,000 fine; possession of drug paraphernalia, an infraction that carriers a $100 fine; and possession of less than one ounce of marijuana, an infraction that carries a $300 fine.\nIn accordance with a plea agreement, the defendant pleaded No Contest to a reduced charge of attempted possession of methamphetamine, a class 1 misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. The remaining charges were dismissed.\nAlso as part of the agreement, the State agreed to remain silent during sentencing.\nSearch warrants were served by the Jefferson County Sheriff's office on two residences on the 1000 block of A Street in Fairbury the morning of Tuesday, June 1, resulting in the arrest of seven individuals, including Ramirez. According to a press release from Sheriff Nick Georgi, \u201cUpon service of the warrant, items involving illegal narcotics\u2014including marijuana, THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive compound in cannabis) wax, and methamphetamine, as well as a deadly weapon, were located within the residence.\u201d\nAlso arrested were Leslie A. Hobaugh, age 51; Alicia A. Powell, age 37; Cody D. Taylor, age 38; Buddy C. Powell, age 41; Lilleann Ingrao, age 41; and Gary Ingrao, age 40.\nAt a hearing on June 30, 2021, the defendant requested probation and Judge Bauer ordered a drug evaluation and a PSI (Pre-Sentencing Investigation).\nRamirez was still in custody at that time. His bond was previously set at $5,000 (10 percent). Ramirez indicated he was unable to pay that and requested a PR (Personal Recognizance) bond. County Attorney Joseph Casson did not object and the defendant was released.\nThe defendant's failure to appear was not unexpected by the court, as Ramirez also failed to appear for a court date in Hall County. According to the defendant's attorney, Lee Matthew Timan, who appeared in court via webcam, no warrant was issued for Ramirez in the Hall County case.\nTiman told Judge Bauer, \u201cI have not had any contact with him since the last hearing.\u201d\nThe judge revoked the defendant's bond and issued a bench warrant for his arrest. A new bond was set in the amount of $5,000 (10 percent).