NEW HAVEN — A Meriden man arrested after police said they found 2½ pounds of heroin and other drugs in his home and car pleaded guilty to trafficking Thursday in federal court.
Javier Martinez, 40, pleaded guilty to one count of possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl and one count of possession with intent to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office released Thursday.
Martinez, also known as Javier Martinez-Ortiz, of 202 Carter Ave. Ext., was charged Feb. 13 with operating a drug factory, possession with intent to sell hallucinogens, failure to keep narcotics in original container and two counts of possession of narcotics with intent to sell, police said.
Members of the Statewide Narcotics Task Force received information from an informant regarding drug trafficking in the New Haven area. Police stopped a car Martinez-Ortiz was driving in connection with the investigation in West Haven, police and federal officials said.
Police searched the car and found 100 grams of a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, packaging materials and over $3,000 in cash. During the search, Martinez-Ortiz told police he had more illegal drugs in his Meriden home, police have said.
Inside the home police found 180 grams of of heroin/fentanyl, 344 oxycodone tablets, $1,184 in cash, five THC vape cartridges, numerous rounds of ammunition and 102 suboxone strips, police have said.
Martinez was released on a $100,000 bond pending his sentencing by U.S. District Court Judge Vanessa L. Bryant on July 28, officials said.