By Joe Beck
A former Woodstock resident was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court to 15 years in prison for his involvement in what prosecutors described as " a multi ounce methamphetamine conspiracy in and around Woodstock" several years ago.
Anthony Lee Martinez sold methamphetamine from May 2012 until his arrest on July 13, 2012, according to online court records.
"In or around early May 2012, Mr. Martinez met an individual in a laundromat whom he identified as an outlet for distribution of methamphetamine," Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Wright wrote in a sentencing memorandum. "Mr. Martinez provided the individual with a cellular telephone number and a price of $1,800 per ounce of methamphetamine."
The same person made a controlled buy of methamphetamine from Martinez a short time later, according to Wright's sentencing memo.
On July 13, 2012, authorities seized 5 ounces of methamphetamine from Martinez during a traffic stop in Woodstock, Wright wrote. That amount of the drug may have been worth as much as $7,500, she said.
U.S. District Judge Michael F. Urbanski also sentenced to Martinez to eight years probation after the defendant's release from prison.
Lt. Tom Shelton of the Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office said local law enforcement was not involved in building the case against Martinez or arresting him.
"It started out as a state police case and then went to the DEA," Shelton said, referring to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
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