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MAN SENTENCED TO 10 YEARS IN FEDERAL PRISON FOR TRAFFICKING HEROIN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2011

Defendant Arrested in Traffic Stop on I-35 in Ellis County

DALLAS — Orbelin Martinez, Jr., 20, who pleaded guilty in December 2010 to one count of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram of more of heroin, was sentenced this morning by Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater to 10 years in federal prison, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas.

According to documents filed in the case, on August 31, 2010, a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) trooper observed a traffic violation and stopped Martinez who was driving a pickup truck on Interstate 35 in Ellis County, Texas. When Martinez gave an implausible story concerning his travel plans between South Carolina, where he resided, and Texas, the trooper became suspicious and asked Martinez for permission to search his truck.

After a DPS drug dog alerted to the presence of narcotics in the truck, troopers carefully inspected the dashboard and noticed that it had recently been removed. Using a fiber optics scope, they observed bundles, consistent with packaged narcotics, hidden behind the dashboard. They removed the dashboard and discovered five bundles containing approximately six kilograms of heroin. With a $40,000 per kilogram wholesale price, the wholesale value of the heroin was approximately $250,000.

The case was investigated by DPS and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Deputy Criminal Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Gary Tromblay prosecuted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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