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TUESDAY - September 21, 2010

TWO DEFENDANTS SENTENCED FOR CHARGES

RELATED TO ILLEGAL DRUG DISTRIBUTION

GREENVILLE - United States Attorney George E.B. Holding announced that in federal court today United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced two illegal aliens residing in Henderson, North Carolina, for charges related to illegal drug distribution. MARTIN SALAZOR BOLANOS, 30, and MARTIN MARTINEZ, 39, each received 84 months’ imprisonment.

A Criminal Information was filed on April 5, 2010. On June 8, 2010, BOLANOS pled guilty to conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

On January 8, 2010, a controlled purchase of cocaine was arranged with BOLANOS. Surveillance was set up at the agreed upon location. BOLANOS and MARTINEZ, along with another individual arrived at the location. BOLANOS was in the front passenger seat. Officers approached and detained BOLANOS in the vehicle. Under the front passenger seat was a diaper which contained approximately 250 grams of powder cocaine. Also under the seat next to the drugs was a FEC, Model SMC-380, .380 caliber pistol.

Investigation of this case was conducted by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigation; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Raleigh Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Rudy E. Renfer represented the government.

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