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Methamphetamine Trafficker Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison

OCT 06 (GREENEVILLE, Tenn.) - Daniel Martinez, Jr., 39, of Morristown, Tenn., was sentenced to serve 15 years in federal prison by the Honorable R. Leon Jordan, U.S. District Judge.  Upon his release from prison, Martinez will serve a 10 year period of supervised release.   

Martinez pleaded guilty to a federal grand jury indictment charging him with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.  He admitted to obtaining methamphetamine from sources of supply near Atlanta, Ga., as well as Bakersfield, Calif., and distributing the drug in the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Martinez admitted that the drug trafficking network grew out of relationships formed in the over-the-road truck industry and that the conspirators had been trafficking methamphetamine for several years prior to their indictment. 

Three others were indicted along with Martinez and have each pleaded guilty to conspiring to distribute methamphetamine.  Randy Dean, 49, of Greeneville, Tenn., was sentenced in October 2015 to serve 97 months in prison.  Amanda Norton, 36, of Morristown, Tenn., and Terry Mulkey, 49, of Calhoun, Ga., are awaiting sentencing.   

The investigation into the drug trafficking of Martinez and his conspirators was the collaborative effort of several law enforcement agencies including the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, Morristown Police Department, Third Judicial Drug Task Force, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations, and Drug Enforcement Administration.  The Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office also provided assistance in the prosecution of the case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney J. Christian Lampe represented the United States. 

The DEA encourages parents, along with their children, to educate themselves about the dangers of legal and illegal drugs by visiting DEA’s interactive websites at www.justthinktwice.com, www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com and www.dea.gov.

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