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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 29, 2021

Leader Of Cocaine Conspiracy Sentenced To More Than 10 Years In Federal Prison

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Brian J. Davis today sentenced Eddie “Macho” Martinez-Marquez (33, Kissimmee) to 10 years and 1 month in federal prison for conspiring to possess with the intent to distribute and to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. As part of his sentence, the court also entered a money judgment of $500,000, the proceeds of the multi-kilo drug conspiracy.

Martinez-Marquez had pleaded guilty on June 3, 2021.

According to court documents, between December 2016 and August 2018, Martinez-Marquez led an organization that supplied cocaine to a co-conspirator in Jacksonville. The amounts varied, but Martinez-Marquez typically would supply one or two kilograms, twice per month, which the co-conspirator would then sell. As part of his plea agreement, Martinez-Marquez admitted that he had supplied at least 15 kilograms of cocaine. He charged $27,000 per kilogram, and at times, “fronted” the drugs to his co-conspirator, essentially supplying the drugs on credit.

This case was part of an Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) investigation. OCDETF identifies, disrupts, and dismantles the highest-level criminal organizations that threaten the United States using a prosecutor-led, intelligence-driven, multi-agency approach. Additional information about the OCDETF Program can be found at www.justice.gov/OCDETF.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Florida Highway Patrol, and the North Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael J. Coolican.

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated December 3, 2021