By Anita Cooper

As the result of an investigation led by the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force, Luis Martinez, also known as “Macho,” 55, of Stratford, CT. was arrested on November 6, 2018.

During the summer of 2017, members of the FBI’s Bridgeport Safe Streets Task Force and the Bridgeport Police Department began investigating individuals who were distributing narcotics in and around Bridgeport.

This investigation included the use of court-authorized wiretaps and controlled purchases of narcotics.

At the conclusion of this investigation, narcotics, items used to process and package drugs for street sale, eight firearms, and more than $360,000 in cash was seized. 19 individuals including Martinez were taken into custody.

It was determined during this investigation that Martinez was supplying another narcotics distributor with cocaine and opioid pills.

In an unrelated investigation it was determined that Martinez was also acquiring and distributing heroin.

On November 6, 2018 when Martinez was arrested, law enforcement searched his residence and seized boxes of .45 caliber hollow-point ammunition and $11,132 in cash.

In the past, Martinez has been convicted for manslaughter, assault, weapons and larceny offenses. He also has a previous federal conviction for his role in a crack cocaine distribution ring.

In this case, on October 25, 2019 Martinez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute heroin, and one count of possession of ammunition by a convicted felon.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Alvin W. Thompson for the District of Connecticut, sentenced Martinez to 63 months of imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release.