Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 11, 2013

Record bust, $5M bail for accused cocaine trafficker

Andover man called 'extreme flight risk' with access to cash


On Friday, detectives watched as Martinez left his home just after noontime. The detectives followed Martinez, who was driving the Dodge Durango, to the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Tewksbury and then again to the Holiday Inn parking lot. They watched as Martinez parked the Durango next to a silver Nissan Maxima with California plates. After some small talk, the trunk of the Maxima opened.

“Moments later, surveillance observed Martinez remove what appeared to be a large suitcase and a duffel bag and transfer them to the rear compartment of the Durango,” McTeague wrote.

Minutes later, McTeague and Troopers Steven Barnes and Stephen Gondella pulled over Martinez on Route 495 and found the large amount of cocaine in the trunk.

Judge Mark Sullivan ordered Martinez be brought back to court on May 6 for a probable cause hearing.

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