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New York City Man Charged With Conspiring To Deal Ecstasy

November 30, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of New York City has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating the federal drug laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one‑count indictment named Joshua Martinez, 27, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, from in or around the Spring of 2010, and continuing until on or about November 3, 2010, in the Western District of Pennsylvania and elsewhere, Martinez conspired with others to distribute and to possess with the intent to distribute methylenedioxymethylamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Bruce J. Teitelbaum is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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