PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A teenage drug trafficker with ties to a latest deadly overdose faces federal prices after being caught transporting a number of packages of powdered fentanyl, in line with officers.
Authorities additionally mentioned that Cristhian Martinez, 18, had a 20-ton store press used to fabricate fentanyl bricks in his condo. He has been charged with intent to distribute fentanyl and possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
Based on courtroom paperwork, the Clackamas County Interagency Activity Power was known as to analyze a deadly overdose in Sept. 2023.
“Whereas processing the scene, investigators found quite a few counterfeit M30 Oxycodone drugs believed to be manufactured with fentanyl. Martinez was quickly recognized as the one that bought fentanyl to the deceased sufferer’s supplier,” officers mentioned.
Martinez was positioned by investigators on Nov. 16 touring from California to Oregon. Authorities adopted his automobile and carried out a visitors cease in Gladstone, the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace mentioned.
“Throughout a Okay-9 sweep of Martinez’s car, investigators discovered a number of hid packages containing greater than 1,000 grams of compressed fentanyl,” officers mentioned. “Later the identical day, investigators executed a federal search warrant on Martinez’s Gladstone condo the place they positioned a fentanyl manufacturing and distribution operation. They seized extra portions of fentanyl, a 20-ton store press used to supply bricks of fentanyl powder, 10 handguns, an AR-15-style assault rifle, ammunition, and different supplies in line with drug trafficking.
Martinez made his first look in federal courtroom on Monday earlier than a U.S. Justice of the Peace Decide.