FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
MONDAY - August 8, 2011
METH DEALER SENTENCED
RALEIGH - United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that in federal court on August 1, 2011, JUAN CARLOS MARTINEZ, also known as “Chico”, 21, a citizen and national of Mexico, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Louise Wood Flanagan for his leading role in a methamphetamine trafficking conspiracy. MARTINEZ was sentenced to 262 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.
A Federal Grand Jury returned a Criminal Indictment on August 4, 2010, charging MARTINEZ with conspiring to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute 50 grams or more of actual methamphetamine, a quantity of cocaine and a quantity of marijuana, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846. MARTINEZ pled guilty to the conspiracy charge on October 13, 2010.
This case arose out of an investigation into drug trafficking activity in Vance, Nash and Wake counties. Among the various individuals identified was MARTINEZ. The evidence showed that MARTINEZ and other members of the conspiracy were distributing methamphetamine, cocaine, and marijuana at various locations in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The evidence also revealed that MARTINEZ possessed firearms in connection with the drug trafficking offenses.
Investigation of this case was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, in conjunction with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, the Vance County Sheriff’s Office, and the Zebulon Police Department.
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