Pawtucket man pleads guilty to drug charges


PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — A Pawtucket man pleaded guilty in federal court on Thursday to heroin and cocaine trafficking charges.

Tomas Martinez, 27, was arrested after an authorized police search of an apartment back in March revealed 100 grams of heroin, cutting agents, and other items used in the packaging and distribution of heroin and cocaine. A following search of Martinez’s person and vehicle resulted in the seizure of 3.6 grams of heroin, 1.2 grams of cocaine and $8,370 in cash.

Court documents stated that the Rhode Island DEA Drug Task Force had been investigating Martinez’s drug activities since as early as January.

Police said that the investigation included several undercover purchases of heroin from Martinez and law enforcement was familiar with seeing Martinez at this apartment on 603 Weeden Street.

According to the news release, Martinez officially pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and one count of cocaine with the intent to distribute.

Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith on January 3, 2017.