Cocaine dealer sentenced to 13 years

WOODSTOCK – A Mount Jackson man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court after pleading guilty to drug charges stemming from a series of cocaine deals made with a confidential law enforcement informant.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda McDonald Wiseley said the defendant, Rafael Alvarez Martinez, conducted most of the transactions at George’s Chicken near Edinburg in September and October.

Wiseley recited details of seven transactions involving a confidential informant who bought the drugs under the direction of a member of the Northwest Virginia Regional Drug Task Force.

Wiseley described part of one transaction: “The confidential informant was provided with $150 in state police funds and an audio recording device.”

Wiseley told Circuit Judge Dennis L. Hupp that law enforcement officials executed a search warrant at Martinez’s residence in Mount Jackson on Oct. 22 and found $910 in marked state police bills.

“He admitted he was selling cocaine for a little over a month at the time,” Wiseley said.

Martinez has previously been convicted of drug offenses in Loudoun County and was on probation at the time of his arrest. The charges against him included one that identified him as having at least three drug dealing offenses, which made him eligible for a sentence of up to life in prison. Several other counts carried maximum sentences of 40 years.

Hupp also sentenced Martinez to three years supervised probation and two years unsupervised probation.

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