(WNY News Now) – A Florida woman has confessed to possessing 4,389 grams of fentanyl with intent to distribute, facing a potential 40-year sentence after being pulled over by Jamestown Police Officers.
Jamestown – Elina Martinez, a 65-year-old resident of Miami, Florida, has admitted her involvement in the possession and distribution of a staggering 4,389 grams of fentanyl. The guilty plea was presented before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara in Buffalo, New York. The charges stem from a traffic stop on December 7, 2022, when a Jamestown Police Officer pulled Martinez over for multiple traffic violations.
Consenting to a search of her vehicle, Martinez’s car revealed a suspicious “aftermarket” car battery. Inside, officers discovered a concealed plastic bag containing an alarming quantity of blue pills marked with “m” and “30.” The pills were identified as containing fentanyl, a potent opioid. The collaborative efforts of the Jamestown Police Department, Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office, and the Drug Enforcement Administration led to the breakthrough in this case.
Martinez now faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, up to a maximum of 40 years, along with a potential fine of $5 million. Sentencing is scheduled for December 8, 2023, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.