Anacortes man faces felony weapons charge
June 17, 2008 · Updated 2:19 PM
An Anacortes man accused of carrying a loaded handgun onto the international ferry will stand trial in July on a weapons-related felony offense.
On April 24, Christopher Michael Ramos, 27, pleaded innocent in San Juan County Superior Court to one count of first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, a Class B felony. Released on $1,000 bail, he is slated to stand trial July 24.
Ramos, a convicted felon, was arrested April 18 following an encounter with U.S. Customs agents at the ferry terminal in Friday Harbor. He was subsequently turned over to local authorities.
According to court documents, Ramos walked onboard a ferry bound for Anacortes with a small piece of luggage that allegedly contained a loaded revolver. He walked off the ferry prior to its departure and was questioned and then taken into custody by Customs agents.
Ramos, according to a report of the arresting deputy, claimed that both the bag and handgun belonged to his boss, who mistakenly forgot it at a Friday Harbor inn and had asked him to bring it to Anacortes. Under state law, felons are prohibited from having a firearm unless their rights have been restored by the courts. Ramos was convicted of felony burglary as the result of an earlier case.
A Class B felony, first-degree unlawful possession of a firearm carries maximum penalties of 10 years in prison, a $20,000 fine, or both.