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MAN CONVICTED OF DRUG CHARGES

A former Jamestown resident was convicted by a jury Thursday of four drug-related felonies, Chautauqua County District Attorney James P. Subjack announced.

Luis N. Martinez, 27, formerly of East Second Street, was convicted of two counts each of third-degree possession and sale of a controlled substance. The charges stemmed from crack cocaine purchases made at his residence by undercover officers in May 1998, the district attorney said.

Martinez was indicted by a county grand jury in October 1998, following an investigation by the Southern Tier Regional Drug Task Force and the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Subjack said Martinez had fled the area while on parole for a previous felony drug conviction. As a result, he faces sentencing as a twice-convicted felon.

The sentencing date was not disclosed.

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