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Buffalo man sentenced in drug conspiracy


BUFFALO -- Steven Martinez, 51, of Buffalo, who was convicted of possession with intent to distribute more than 100 grams of heroin, was sentenced to 216 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that co-defendant Jeffrey Coleman was the courier of a heroin distribution conspiracy which brought heroin to Buffalo from New York City. Coleman was stopped on February 26, 2014, and found in possession of more than $65,000 in cash which was payment for the delivery of heroin. Within the currency was a note, written and signed by defendant Martinez which served as a receipt for the delivery and an order for another delivery in the future. Martinez was also stopped and found in possession of more than $2000 and a small quantity of heroin.

Also on February 26, 2014, law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at a residence on West Delavan Avenue in Buffalo. During the search, officers recovered more than 100 grams of heroin, drug packaging paraphernalia, and $4,000 in cash.

Martinez and Coleman were arrested along with Elias Figueroa, Julio Sanchez and Tomas Figueroa. All five defendants have been convicted.