News Release
September 19, 2007

Ansonia Man Pleads Guilty To Federal Cocaine Trafficking Charge

SEP 19 -- June W. Stansbury Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ABRAHAM MARTINEZ, 26, of Woodbridge Avenue, Ansonia, Connecticut, pleaded guilty today before United States District Judge Christopher F. Droney in Hartford to one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

According to documents filed with the Court and statements made in court, MARTINEZ pleaded guilty to state drug trafficking charges in Bridgeport in September 2006, but continued to sell drugs while he was out on bond. On November 27, 2006, law enforcement officers observed MARTINEZ operating a black Lexus at a high rate of speed as he drove through Stratford and Bridgeport. When the officers conducted a traffic stop, MARTINEZ was unable to provide proof of valid insurance for the automobile. As MARTINEZ searched for his insurance card, the officers observed a small plastic bag containing crack cocaine in the driver-side door compartment. MARTINEZ was then placed under arrest and transported to the Stratford Police Department, where he gave the officers written consent to search his Ansonia apartment and a vehicle registered in his name, a 2000 GMC Yukon parked on Freeman Street in Bridgeport. Officers discovered one kilogram of cocaine in a hidden compartment in the Yukon, and $3,285 in a safe at his apartment. MARTINEZ admitted to the officers that the cocaine belonged to him, and that the cash represented proceeds from his drug sales.

Judge Droney has scheduled sentencing for December 7, 2007, at which time MARTINEZ faces a maximum term of imprisonment of 40 years and a fine of up to $2,000,000.

This matter stems from an investigation conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, with assistance from the Stratford Police Department, into the distribution of controlled substances throughout the greater Bridgeport area.