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Omaha, Nebraska, Man Pleads Guilty To Iowa Drug And Firearm Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2012

Contact: Peter Deegan

A man who conspired to distribute crack cocaine pled guilty June 28, 2012, in federal court in Sioux City.

Jason Martinez, 30, from Omaha, Nebraska, was convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, and illegal possession of a firearm. Martinez was previously convicted of possession with intent to distribute in Douglas County Court for Nebraska in 2008 and in 2002 Martinez was convicted of criminal sale of controlled substance in New York.

At the plea hearing, Martinez admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 280 grams of crack cocaine from 2010 through June 2011. Martinez admitted to obtaining crack cocaine from sources in Omaha, Nebraska, and reselling it in Sioux City. On November 23, 2011, in Sac County, Iowa, Martinez was stopped by law enforcement officers and subject to a search officers located over 72 grams of marijuana, over 3 grams of crack cocaine and a .22 caliber pistol. On two occasions in May 2011 and once in June 2011 Martinez distributed, in total, over 10 grams of crack cocaine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.

Sentencing before United States District Court Judge Donald E. O’Brien will be set after a presentence report is prepared. Martinez remains in custody of the United States Marshal pending sentencing. On the conspiracy conviction, Martinez faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years’ imprisonment and a possible maximum sentence of life imprisonment, a $20,000,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and ten years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the possession conviction, Martinez faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $500,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and four years up to life of supervised release following any imprisonment. On the firearm conviction, Martinez faces a possible maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, a special assessment of $100, and not more than four years of supervised release following any imprisonment.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Tri-State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, which consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office, the Sac County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/login.pl. The case file number is 11-4143.

 

 

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