News Release
January 29, 2008
Contact: Terri K. Wyatt
Special Agent/PIO
Number: 214-366-6900

Arkansas Man Gets 5 Years for Cocaine Possession

JAN 29 -- MUSKOGEE, OKLAHOMA - Sheldon J. Sperling, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, announced today that ARNALDO MARTIATO, age 60, of Ft. Smith, Arkansas, was sentenced for Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Sections 841(a)(1) and 841(b)(1)(B)(ii)(II) and Title 18, United States Code, Section 2.

“MARTIATO was sentenced to 60 months imprisonment, 48 months supervised release, and ordered to pay a Special Assessment of $100.00,” stated U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling.

“The charges arose from an investigation by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.   The defendant possessed in excess of 500 grams of cocaine with the intent to distribute.  The offenses took place in March 2007 in Sequoyah County,” stated U.S. Attorney Sheldon J. Sperling.

On March 8, 2007, while conducting traffic enforcement on I-40 in the area of Sequoyah County, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troopers stopped an eastbound pickup truck for speeding. The driver, MARTIATO, gave permission to search the vehicle for drugs and/or contraband.  A cardboard box in the rear seat of the truck was discovered which contained 2 kilograms (approximately 4.4 pounds of cocaine) and several compressed bundles of marijuana weighing approximately 130 pounds.

“The Honorable James H. Payne, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, presided over today’s sentencing. Judge Payne ordered the defendant remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal to begin serving his sentence.   Assistant United States Attorney Rob Wallace represented the government.”

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