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New Yorker Pleads Guilty In Ecstasy Trafficking Scheme

August 29, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of New York City pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of conspiracy to distribute ecstasy, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Joshua Martinez, 28, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea,  the court was advised that Martinez supplied Pittsburgh- area individuals with Ecstasy for distribution in the Pittsburgh area between approximately April 2010 and Nov. 3, 2010.  Martinez was arrested Nov. 3, 2010, and he has been incarcerated since his arrest.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for Jan. 13, 2012.  The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $1,000,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Brendan T. Conway is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Martinez.

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