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August 24, 2017
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North Texas woman sent to prison for trafficking heroin

AUG 24 (CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) - A 25-year-old woman has been ordered to prison for possession with intent to distribute heroin through the Sarita checkpoint, announced DEA Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division, Steven Whipple and Acting U.S. Attorney Abe Martinez.  Ma Dolores Martinez, of Hurst, pleaded guilty Nov. 29, 2016, to possession with intent to distribute 6.28 kilograms of heroin. 

Today, U.S. District Judge Hilda G. Tagle ordered Martinez to serve 70 months in federal prison.  The sentence will be immediately followed by five years of supervised release.  

On Sept. 15, 2016, Martinez drove a vehicle into the primary inspection area of the Border Patrol (BP) checkpoint located near Sarita.  During a search of her vehicle, agents discovered four bundles of heroin concealed within a new car battery located inside the trunk.  The drugs had a gross weight of 6.28 kilograms.

Martinez has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be designated in the near future.

Border Patrol and the Drug Enforcement Administration conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda L. Gould is prosecuting the case.


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