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.