DOJ SEAL
U.S. DEPARTMENT of JUSTICE CONTACT US A-Z INDEX
About » Office Locations » Houston Division » Houston News
HOUSTON NEWS

April 18, 2017
Contact: Public Information Officer
713-693-3000
@DEAHoustonDiv

South Texas Man Sentenced for Drug Trafficking

APR 18 (BEAUMONT, Texas) - A 37-year-old Orange County, Texas man has been sentenced to prison for federal drug trafficking violations in the Eastern District of Texas, announced DEA Special Agent-in-Charge of the Houston Division, Joseph M. Arabit and Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston today.

Kenneth Martin, Jr., was found guilty by a jury on July 13, 2016 of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine and was sentenced to 115 months in federal prison today by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark.

According to information presented in court, from September 2015 to February 2016, Martin conspired with others to distribute methamphetamine in and around the Orange County, Texas area.  Evidence presented at trial indicated that Kenneth Martin, Jr., who was traveling with his cousin and co-defendant, Brandon Martin, were stopped by Orange County Sheriff's deputies for traffic violations.  Brandon Martin, who was the driver of the vehicle, gave officers verbal consent to search the vehicle and officers located a magnetic key box under the left front wheel well.  This is the same location from where officers observed Brandon Martin a few days earlier, retrieve suspected methamphetamine.  Kenneth Martin, Jr. was searched and found to have a small amount of methamphetamine in his pocket and both Brandon and Kenneth Martin were arrested and taken to the Orange County Jail.  Once at the jail, Kenneth Martin repeatedly advised officers that the substance found in the magnetic box was all his and Brandon had nothing to do with it.

This case is the result of an extensive joint investigation by the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).  The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply.

This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and the Orange Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle S. Englade.


STAY CONNECTED

Receive E-mail Updates Receive E-mail Updates @DEAHQ Twitter Account button Hover @DEAHQ Twitter Account button Report Synthetic Drug Source button Hover Report Synthetic Drug Source button


Stay Connected Facebook Twitter YouTube

 

A-Z Index  Accessibility   Contact Us  Environmental Stewardship   FOIA  Legal Policies & Disclaimers  
No FEAR Act   Privacy Policy Plug-Ins USA.gov Whistleblower Protection