Clovis man sentenced for transporting marijuana

Freedom Newspapers

A 42-year-old Clovis man caught transporting more than 50 pounds of marijuana across state lines was sentenced Friday to five years in prison, according to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office.

Ricky Martinez was arrested in November 2005 during a traffic stop near the Texico-New Mexico border. Police found a brown cardboard box in the trunk containing shrink-wrapped bricks of marijuana with weights written on the back, according to the incident report. Another cardboard box with bricks of marijuana was located in the back seat of the car, and the bricks weighed between half a pound and 4 pounds each, the report said.

An informant, who said he purchased drugs from the defendant, told police Martinez was picking up marijuana in Texas, the report said.

The street value of the marijuana was $17,000, according to police.

The sentence is the maximum time allowed under New Mexico law and upon release from prison Martinez will be placed on one year of mandatory supervised parole, according to the District Attorney’s press release.