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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Five-hundred grams of meth nets Springdale traffficker 210 months

Raul Martinez, age 40, was sentenced Thursday to 210 months in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release and ordered to pay $25,000.00 in fines for the Distribution of more than 500 grams of Methamphetamine.

The Honorable Timothy L. Brooks presided over the sentencing hearing in the United States District Court in Fayetteville.

According to court records, during the course of an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances in the Western District of Arkansas, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) identified Martinez, as a distributor of methamphetamine in Northwest Arkansas, and an investigation was initiated into his criminal activity.

In December 2019, agents with the DEA and local law enforcement conducted a controlled delivery of methamphetamine from Martinez.  The methamphetamine from Martinez was sent to the DEA crime lab to be tested. The lab determined that it contained 1306.2 grams of actual methamphetamine.

A federal grand jury indicted Martinez in May 2019, and he entered a guilty plea in September 2019.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Benton County/Rogers Police Department Narcotic Unit, Springdale Police Department and the 4th JDDTF. Assistant United States Attorney’s Amy Driver and Kim Harris prosecuted the case for the United States.

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