Federal Department of Justice FBI state of Mississippi

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Gulfport, Miss. – David Quevedo Martinez, 40, of Houston, Texas, was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola to life in federal prison for conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Martinez was also ordered to pay a $15,000 fine.

“This defendant rightfully deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison for the innocent lives he has damaged or destroyed. I applaud the hard work of our law enforcement partners and our prosecutors, ensuring that this criminal will no longer threaten our people or the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Because of their diligence and courageous actions, our kids and communities are safer today,” said U.S. Attorney Hurst.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pasadena, Texas, Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk and John Meynardie.


On June 26, 2019, Martinez was found guilty by a jury in federal court of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine. Judge Guirola presided over the three-day trial.

Trial testimony revealed that Martinez sold numerous kilograms of methamphetamine to co-conspirators in Houston, Texas. Those co-conspirators brought the methamphetamine back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and distributed it throughout Gulfport and Moss Point


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