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W.Va. man sentenced for distribution of crack cocaine

Matthew Ryan Martinez sentenced to 10 years in prison with four years suspended

July 23, 2010|By DON AINES

A West Virginia man convicted last month of distribution of crack cocaine was sentenced Thursday in Washington County District Court to six years in state prison.

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. sentenced Matthew Ryan Martinez, 24, of Falling Waters, W.Va., to 10 years in prison, but suspended four years, on the distribution charge. Martinez received the same concurrent sentence on a charge of criminal conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine while a possession of cocaine conviction was merged with the distribution charge.

Martinez was convicted in June of selling cocaine to a confidential informant with the Washington County Narcotics Task Force. On Oct. 30, 2009, Martinez had been approached in Hancock by the informant, who asked if Martinez knew anyone who could sell him drugs, the statement of probable cause said.

Martinez told the informant to drive him and his girlfriend to Hagerstown, where Martinez, after one failed attempt to meet with a drug supplier outside a supermarket, met with another man in Noland Village to buy the cocaine, the statement of probable cause said.

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Robert Veil, the supervising attorney for the task force, asked Long to impose a sentence of nine years.

"I am aghast that Mr. Veil is asking for nine years," defense attorney Mary Drawbaugh told Long. Martinez was a "deliverer" rather than a dealer in the drug purchase, said Drawbaugh, who asked for a sentence in the range of three to four years.

Martinez also was intoxicated throughout the incident, Drawbaugh said.

"The bottom line is you are a distributor of drugs and a spreader of misery," Long told Martinez before the sentencing.

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