October 01, 2020
Contact: Andree Swanson
Phone Number: (571) 362-5149
Guilty plea from Ohio man stopped in Kansas with $1 million
Money linked to drug trafficking
TOPEKA, KAN. – An Ohio man who was stopped in Kansas with more than $1 million in his vehicle pleaded guilty today to a federal drug trafficking charge.
Joseph Michael Martin, 41, of Euclid, Ohio, pleaded guilty to one count of interstate travel in furtherance of drug trafficking. On Sept. 20, 2018, the Kansas Highway Patrol stopped Martin on I-70 in Ellsworth County for speeding. When troopers searched the 2016 GM pickup truck Martin was driving, they found $1,124,840 in bundles wrapped in red plastic. The bundles were concealed in metal pipes with welded caps that were in the bed of the truck.
Sentencing is set for Jan. 12. He could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. The Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, Kansas City District Office, investigated the case with the Kansas Highway Patrol.