U.S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of Iowa
Northern District of Iowa
For Immediate Release
January 2, 2013
Sean R. Berry, Acting United States Attorney
Contact: Timothy Duax, Public Information Officer
Nebraska Man to Federal Prison for Iowa Crack Conspiracy
A man who conspired to distribute crack cocaine was sentenced December 28, 2012, to more than 10 years in federal prison.
Jason Martinez, 30, from Omaha, Nebraska, received the prison term after a June 28, 2012, guilty plea to distribution of crack cocaine, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute, and illegal possession of a firearm. Martinez was previously convicted of possession with intent to distribute in Douglas County Court for Nebraska in 2008, and in 2002, Martinez was convicted of criminal sale of controlled substance in New York.
At the guilty plea, Martinez admitted his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 280 grams of crack cocaine from 2010 through June 2011. Martinez admitted to obtaining crack cocaine from sources in Omaha, Nebraska, and reselling it in Sioux City. On November 23, 2011, in Sac County, Iowa, Martinez was stopped by law enforcement officers and subject to a search, officers located over 72 grams of marijuana, over 3 grams of crack cocaine and a .22 caliber pistol. On two occasions in May 2011, and June 2011, Martinez distributed, in total, over 10 grams of crack cocaine to an individual cooperating with law enforcement.
Martinez was sentenced in Sioux City by United States District Court Judge Donald E. OBrien. Martinez was sentenced to 130 months’ imprisonment. A special assessment of $300 was imposed. He must also serve a ten–year term of supervised release after the prison term. There is no parole in the federal system. Martinez is being held in the United States Marshal’s custody until he can be transported to a federal prison.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Shawn S. Wehde and was investigated by the Tri–State Drug Task Force based in Sioux City, Iowa, which consists of law enforcement personnel from the Drug Enforcement Administration; Sioux City, Iowa, Police Department; Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office; South Sioux City, Nebraska, Police Department; Nebraska State Patrol; Iowa National Guard; Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement; United States Marshals Service; South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation; and Woodbury County Attorney’s Office, the Sac County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Court file information is available at https://ecf.iand.uscourts.gov/cgi–bin/login.pl. The case file number is 11–4143.