DENVER, CO. – James Ernesto Martinez, age 33, of Denver, has been sentenced to 46 months in prison for possession of a firearm by a prohibited person (convicted felon).
According to the plea agreement, on July 22, 2021, law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at the defendant’s Denver home. That search warrant authorized the seizure of, among other things, firearms.
After agents knocked and announced their presence, Martinez went back inside for approximately ten minutes. During that time, agents could see Martinez moving quickly through the home. When Martinez finally surrendered, he was the only adult in the home.
On the floor of Martinez’s bedroom, agents observed a trail of pills that led from the dresser to the bathroom. In the bathroom, around the toilet, agents located crushed pills they believed to be a controlled substance, as well as ripped-up plastic baggies.
Based on what agents initially saw, they obtained a second search warrant for drugs and drug paraphernalia.
They located 11 fentanyl pills, .981 grams of methamphetamine, plastic baggies, and two digital scales. In a shoe box concealed in the attic that could only be accessed from the defendant’s bedroom, agents located two 9mm handguns and a .22 caliber handgun.
Martinez had previously been convicted of a felony and knew he was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition.