2 Plead Guilty to Bringing Cocaine into Arkansas from Mexico

Published 07/31 2014 08:53AM

Updated 07/31 2014 08:56AM

Left to right: Mohammed Kazam Martinez and Homar Martinez
Left to right: Mohammed Kazam Martinez and Homar Martinez
LITTLE ROCK, AR - Two men with ties to a Mexican drug cartel have pleaded guilty for their roles in a conspiracy to transport cocaine from Mexico to Little Rock for distribution in the Central Arkansas area.

That's according to Christopher R. Thyer, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Mohammed Kazam Martinez, a/k/a “Mo,” 33, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 5 kilograms or more of cocaine hydrochloride. 

Martinez’s brother, Homar Martinez, 35, was indicted in the same case - along with sixteen (16) other defendants - and pleaded guilty to the same charge on Monday in the Southern District of Texas (SDTX). That's where he is being held by the United States Marshal Service in Brownsville, Texas, on a separate federal drug case. As a result of their pleas, both men face a sentence of not less than 10 years to life imprisonment.

Mohammed and Homar Martinez are the sons of Idalia Ramos Rangel, a/k/a La Tia or Big Momma, a known close associate of high-ranking members of the Gulf Cartel, who directs a drug trafficking organization based in Matamoros, Mexico. That organization is responsible for the distribution of multiple hundreds of kilograms of cocaine in the United States. 

According to the indictment, Mohammed Martinez was a federal inmate in the Bureau of Prisons when he recruited inmates in the Federal Correctional Complex at Forrest City, Arkansas, to distribute Rangel’s Gulf Cartel cocaine upon their release from prison. Mohammed Martinez communicated with members of the drug trafficking organization using the prison telephone and e-mail systems to coordinate the distribution of cocaine to, and the collection of drug proceeds from, former federal inmates and others, including Homar Martinez and other members of Rangel’s family.

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