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Chimayo Woman Sentenced to Three Years in Federal Prison for Heroin Trafficking Conviction

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

ALBUQUERQUE – Dora Martinez, 50, of Chimayo, N.M., was sentenced in federal court this afternoon to three years in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release for her heroin trafficking conviction. 

Martinez was arrested on Aug. 5, 2013, on an indictment charging her with possession of heroin with intent to distribute.  According to the indictment, Martinez unlawfully possessed more than 100 grams of heroin on April 22, 2013 in Rio Arriba County, N.M.

Martinez entered a guilty plea to a heroin trafficking charge on Nov. 22, 2013.  In entering her guilty plea, Martinez acknowledged that she was driving near Espanola, N.M., on April 22, 2013, when New Mexico State Police officers pulled her over and arrested her after observing her complete a drug transaction.  Martinez admitted that at that time, she had 134.2 grams of heroin in her possession and that she intended to distribute that heroin for profit.

Chief Pete N. Kassetas of the New Mexico State Police said, “The arrest, prosecution and subsequent conviction of Dora Martinez is a significant accomplishment and is demonstrative of what can happen when law enforcement agencies work together.  However, it is more significant for the community of Chimayo.  It is especially disheartening when a longtime resident (Martinez) of Chimayo is found to be contributing to the heroin problem instead of helping combat as many members of her community have over the years.  The New Mexico State Police is committed to the citizens of northern New Mexico and will continue to work with the community and other law enforcement agencies in combatting the drug problem.”

This case was investigated by the Albuquerque office of the DEA and the New Mexico State Police and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jon K. Stanford.

Updated January 26, 2015