Duluth Man Convicted in Metro-Atlanta Methamphetamine Distribution Scheme

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Jorge Rodriguez Martinez, 56, from Duluth, Georgia, has been found guilty by a federal jury for his involvement in a scheme to distribute multiple kilograms of methamphetamine in the metro-Atlanta area. Martinez faced charges of conspiracy to possess methamphetamine with intent to distribute, and possessing methamphetamine with intent to distribute. After a three-day trial, he was convicted on both counts.

U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Buchanan emphasized, “Methamphetamine trafficking funnels poison into our communities.” He added that Martinez’s conviction sends a strong message that those dealing dangerous drugs will be held accountable.

Robert J. Murphy, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA Atlanta Division, highlighted the significance of the investigation, stating, “The investigation and subsequent conviction of this criminal drug dealer demonstrates the DEA’s commitment to fight the drug cartels who have no regard for the citizens of our community.”

According to U.S. Attorney Buchanan, the charges and evidence presented in court revealed that on October 7, 2020, Rodriguez Martinez was contacted by a confidential source working with DEA agents to purchase several kilograms of methamphetamine. Surveillance by federal agents showed Martinez meeting with a drug supplier at a Dunwoody apartment complex. He later dropped off his truck, containing multiple kilograms of methamphetamine, at the source’s residence, switched vehicles, and left.

After confirming the presence of drugs in his truck during recorded phone calls, Martinez returned to the source’s residence to pick up the methamphetamine. He was subsequently stopped by the Georgia State Patrol, where approximately three kilograms of methamphetamine were found in his vehicle.

Rodriguez Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29, 2024, before U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones. This case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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