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Convicted Felon Sentenced To Serve A Total Of 120 Months In Federal Prison On Firearm And Drug Convictions

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

DALLAS — A convicted felon from Wichita Falls, Texas, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor on firearm and drug convictions, announced U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.

Juan Derrick Martinez, 32, was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison on each count of conviction, to run concurrently.  He pleaded guilty in July 2013 to an indictment charging one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

According to documents filed in the case, on June 1, 1012, a Wichita Falls Police officer initiated a traffic stop on a pickup truck after observing a traffic violation on Iowa Park Road in Wichita Falls.  Martinez was the third passenger in the car, seated next to the passenger side door.

A narcotics detection canine alerted on the truck’s right front floorboard.  A plastic bag containing three smaller plastic bags was located under the passenger seat.  The contents of one plastic bag tested positive for cocaine while the contents of the other two bags tested positive for methamphetamine.  Inside of a backpack, which was between Martinez’s legs when the truck was stopped, were several small plastic bags, a small plastic scale, and a loaded 9mm semi-automatic pistol.

This case was investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Wichita Falls Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary F. Walters prosecuted.

Updated June 22, 2015