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Bronx man arraigned on charges he sold painkillers with kids present, prosecutors say

A Bronx man was arraigned Monday on a nine-count grand jury indictment charging that he sold oxycodone pills in front of his children, acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

Prosecutors said Michael Ramis, 33, sold the controlled substance in February and April in front of his 4-year-old and 8-year-old children. He pleaded not guilty before acting Supreme Court Justice Teresa Corrigan, and bail was continued at $20,000 bond or $10,000 cash, Singas' office said. Court records show Ramis initially posted bond after an earlier court appearance.

His co-defendant, Crastina Soto, 27, the mother of the two children, pleaded guilty to the indictment charges on Friday before state Supreme Court Justice Frank Gulotta, prosecutors said.

Singas said on Feb. 22 at 3:50 p.m., Ramis and Soto sold oxycodone pills in an Elmont commercial parking lot with one of their children present. On April 8, the couple sold Oxycodone again in the same parking lot, this time with both their children there. The children were released to a family member, Singas' office said.

Ramis faces a maximum of 2 to 12 years in prison if convicted of the top charge, Singas' office said. He is due back in court Nov. 10.

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