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Guatemalan Citizen Sentenced to 51 Months for Distributing Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Heberto Martinez, age 38, a citizen of Guatemala who most recently resided in Lynn, Massachusetts, was sentenced today to 51 months in prison for distributing fentanyl.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman; Michael Alfonso, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York; Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa, whose office leads the Ulster Regional Gang Enforcement Narcotics Team (URGENT); and Ulster County District Attorney David Clegg.

As part of his previously entered guilty plea, Martinez admitted that he was a member of a Boston-based drug trafficking organization that trafficked 1.1 kilograms of a fentanyl mixture from Lynn to redistributors in northern Ulster County between October 2020 and March 2021.  Martinez was arrested by HSI and URGENT investigators on March 22, 2021, and has remained in custody since that time.

United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby imposed a 2-year term of supervised release to begin after Martinez is released from prison, in the event that Martinez is not removed from the United States.

HSI and URGENT, with assistance provided by the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office, investigated the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon prosecuted the case.

Updated January 19, 2023

Drug Trafficking