Tag: Haven

Feds: New Haven man used hotel room to process, package drugs

NEW HAVEN — A city man faces years in federal prison after being indicted this week on drug distribution and gun possession charges, officials said.

Authorities said Joel Martinez, 22, was indicted Monday by a federal grand jury in New Haven.

The indictment charged Martinez with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, possession with intent to distribute heroin, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.

The first count carries a maximum of 40 years in prison, the second a maximum of 20 years, the third a maximum of five years and the fourth carries a mandatory consecutive sentence of at least five years, authorities said.

According to court documents, authorities on Sept. 17 raided a New Haven hotel room, which they say Martinez used to “process and package narcotics.”

Investigators said they seized a loaded 9 mm pistol with an obliterated serial number, a box of 9 mm ammunition, about 74 grams of crack cocaine, about 150 grams of heroin and $1,825 in cash. Authorities said investigators also seized 12 digital scales, three blenders and other items used to process and package narcotics.

Martinez was arrested on state charges that day.

Source Article

Continue reading