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Local marijuana trafficker imprisoned for drug scheme

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

LAREDO, Texas – A 32-year-old Laredo resident has been ordered to federal prison following his conviction for conspiring with intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick. 

Agustin Martinez III pleaded guilty April 2, 2019. 

Today, U.S. District Judge Marina Garcia Marmolejo sentenced Martinez to serve 60 months in federal prison to be immediately followed by three years of supervised release. He was further ordered to pay $2400 in restitution. In handing down the sentence, the court noted Martinez had created a dangerous risk to the community by engaging in a high speed chase.

On Jan. 12, 2019, Martinez planned to transport narcotics in a red GMC pickup truck. Authorities noticed the suspicious vehicle and immediately attempted to conduct a traffic stop after they spotted it leaving a Laredo ranch.

However, Martinez did not pull over which lead to a high-speed chase. It ended after he crashed into two tractor-trailers in Laredo.

Law enforcement immediately took him into custody. During the search of the vehicle, authorities found approximately 315 kilograms of marijuana with a value of $150,000.

He has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation with the assistance of Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Francisco J. Rodriguez is prosecuting the case.

Updated June 30, 2020

Drug Trafficking