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Man sentenced for role in Texas-to-Wis. drug ring

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Posted: Dec 10, 2013 2:42 PM

Updated: Dec 10, 2013 2:43 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) A Sheboygan man convicted of helping run a drug ring that trafficked cocaine and marijuana from Texas to Wisconsin has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison.

Federal prosecutors announced on Tuesday the recent sentencing of 30-year-old Randy Martinez.

Prosecutors say Martinez was part of the so-called Balderas Organization. The group is accused of conspiring to transport at least 10 pounds of cocaine and several thousand pounds of marijuana to Wisconsin.

Authorities say the group transported drugs by using cars filled with hidden narcotics and driven by couriers often recruited by Martinez. They say Martinez ran Wisconsin's operations, helping to distribute drugs and launder money.

Martinez's defense attorney, Chris Donovan, says he's happy the judge handed down the sentence that Donovan and prosecutors agreed to recommend.

Topics: Drug Trafficking-Sentence

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