Three Charged in Pair of Drug Cases

Three men were arrested Monday in two, separate cases in which the defendants face drug distribution charges, U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced.

– Braulio Martinez, 33, of the Dominican Republic, was arrested Monday on an indictment charging him with three counts of distribution of a controlled substance.

Martinez made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and was detained pending further proceedings.

According to the indictment, on or about July 25, Dec. 13, and Dec. 16, Martinez distributed more than 500 grams of cocaine. The indictment further alleges that Martinez distributed approximately four kilograms of cocaine from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the U.S. mainland.

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If convicted of distribution of a controlled substance, Martinez faces a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

– Tommy Ramirez, 29, of the Dominican Republic and Ramon Clavel, 55, of Haiti, were arrested Monday on a criminal complaint charging them with possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance.

Ramirez and Clavel made their initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller and were detained pending further proceedings.

According to the complaint, on Monday, Ramirez and Clavel presented themselves at the post office to claim a package that contained one kilogram of cocaine, a controlled substance.

If convicted of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance, Ramirez and Clavel face a minimum sentence of five years and a fine of $250,000.

The cases were investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Department of Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the FBI.

The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sigrid M. Tejo-Sprotte.

 

 

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