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Man who led Jamestown-area drug operation pleads guilty

A Chautauqua County man who led a drug organization responsible for distributing heroin and cocaine in the Jamestown area faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced Nov. 26, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors said Sigfredo Martinez, 47, of Celeron, who began his drug operation in early 2016, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to conspiracy to distribute one kilogram or more of heroin.

Prosecutors said every few days, Martinez distributed a couple hundred bundles of heroin each to two co-conspirators, who were tasked with distributing the heroin to smaller dealers and users. Between Feb. 11, 2016, and March 20, 2017, investigators conducted at least eight controlled purchases of heroin or cocaine from the co-conspirators.

On April 6, 2017, a federal search was conducted at Martinez's residence, where law enforcement seized $2,994 in cash, three ledger notebooks, a scale and a loaded semi-automatic handgun, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

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