Salem man to serve five years for heroin distribution

Thirty-four-year-old Luis Martinez of Salem was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court to 60 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for distribution of heroin.

Martinez was one of more than 100 people arrested last year following an investigation into the large-scale trafficking of heroin and cocaine into southeastern Connecticut from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Martinez was intercepted several times over a court-authorized wiretap ordering quantities of heroin from his drug supplier, Luis Ariel Capellan Maldonado, for distribution purposes. When he arrested on April 3, 2013, he was found in possession of approximately 1 ounce of cocaine, a digital scale and drug packaging materials.

In November, Martinez pleaded guilty before Judge Janet Bond Arterton to one count of conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 100 rams or more of heroin.

Capellan Maldonado has pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.


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