For Immediate Release - April 08, 2013

Andover Man Held on $5 Million Bail on Cocaine Trafficking Charge

Jose Martinez, 52, of 123 Chestnut Street, Andover, was ordered held on $5 million cash bail at his arraignment by Judge Mark Sullivan today in Lawrence District Court.  He is charged with trafficking over 200 grams of cocaine and 2 counts of possession of a firearm without an FID card.

In her bail argument, Essex Assistant District Attorney Kelleen Forlizzi explained that Martinez had been the target of a months-long investigation by Massachusetts State Police troopers assigned to the Essex County District Attorney’s Office Drug Task Force. 

On April 5, 2013 investigators observed Martinez in a Tewksbury parking lot removing a suitcase and duffle bag from the trunk of a motor vehicle and placing it into the back of his 2006 Dodge Durango.  Investigators initiated a traffic stop on Route 495 North in Andover and seized the bags which contained approximately 48 kilos of cocaine with an estimated street value of $3.6 million.

Following his arrest, investigators obtained and executed search warrants of his residence and seized currency, a digital scale, various firearms and ammunition, an industrial money counter and packing materials.

The Essex County Drug Task Force was assisted in its investigation by the Middlesex Drug Task Force assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office.

Martinez was represented by Attorney Victoria Ranieri of CPCS for bail only.  He is due in court on May 6, 2013 for a probable cause hearing.