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November 14, 2012

Dallas Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking in Eastern District of Texas

 TYLER, Texas – A 44-year-old Dallas man has been sentenced to federal prison for drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced U.S. Attorney John M. Bales today.

Fidencio Homero Martinez pleaded guilty on Mar. 8, 2012, to possession with intent to distribute cocaine and was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Michael H. Schneider.

            According to information presented in court, on Sep. 3, 2011, Martinez was a passenger in a van stopped for a traffic violation in Titus County, Texas.   Martinez gave the State Trooper conflicting stories regarding where they were headed and denied having drugs in the vehicle.  Martinez also claimed responsibility for all items in the van and gave consent to search the vehicle.  During the search, approximately 9 kilograms of cocaine was located behind the driver’s seat.  Martinez was indicted by a federal grand jury on Mar. 8, 2012 and charged with drug trafficking violations.

            This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Texas Department of Public Safety and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Ann Cozby.






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