Photo: guns and Xanax
SAN RAFAEL — Marin County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a 25-year-old man suspected of using social media for drug dealing. The suspect was nabbed outside a grocery store during an undercover sting operation.
The suspect was the subject of months of investigation conducted by the Marin County Major Crimes Task Force. In fact, undercover agents purchased drugs from the suspect several times during the last few months. Authorities also monitored his social media activity.
Besides purchasing illicit drugs directly from the suspect, agents observed the suspect making other drug deals. Many of these drug deals took place in the Canal district of San Rafael.
On March 25, detectives traveled to a prearranged meeting with the suspect to the unincorporated community of Marinwood. Subsequently, authorities arrested the suspect identified as Jorge M. Martinez, 25 of Richmond, at Marinwood Shopping Center.
Investigators searched the suspect’s car and his residence in Richmond. Inside, they recovered a large quantity of drugs, handguns and nearly $40,000 in cash as evidence.
Martinez was booked on open charges and he remains in custody at Marin County Jail. Incidentally, Martinez was already on probation from a previous conviction at the time of his arrest.
His latest charges include possession of a controlled substance for sale and conspiracy to commit a crime. He is also accused of possession of stolen property.
At the time of his arrest, Martinez was accompanied by a woman and an infant. Consequently, his actions also led him to being charged with willful cruelty to a child. His woman companion was released after being briefly detained.