An Omaha man has been convicted of buying crack cocaine in Omaha to sell across the state line in Sioux City, Iowa.
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Iowa reports that 30-year-old Jason Martinez has been convicted of conspiring to distribute crack cocaine, possessing marijuana with intent to distribute and illegal possession of a firearm. Martinez has two prior convictions; one stemming from drug sales in Omaha in 2008 and the other from selling drugs in New York in 2002.
Martinez confessed to his involvement in a conspiracy that distributed more than 280 grams of crack cocaine between 2010 and June of 2011. Police arrested Martinez in Sac County on November 23rd of last year after selling to a person cooperating with law enforcement. The U.S. Attorney’s office says police found 72 grams of marijuana, over three grams of crack cocaine and a .22 caliber pistol on Martinez when he was arrested.
The sentence Martinez faces could be harsh. The minimum sentence for conspiracy is 20 years in prison with the maximum being life.