Photo: Drug evidence collected| BART Police Department
OAKLAND—A suspected drug dealer has been placed under arrest for his third time. Jexcer J. Martinez- Torres, a 25-year-old resident of Oakland, was taken into custody most recently by BART police at a downtown train station.
Martinez-Torres was locked up on New Year’s Day. In a prepared statement BART police said. “High visibility patrols helped to get a suspected drug dealer out of the BART system.”
BART officers were patrolling the station near the Paramount Theatre. Officers enforcing a no-smoking rule contacted Martinez-Torres on the 19th Street Station platform. Soon thereafter, Martinez-Torres apparently consented to allow a search of his personal property.
The search turned up suspected illicit drugs packaged for sale and distribution. Officers found 8 grams of suspected methamphetamine. They found 16 grams of a black sticky substance suspected of being tar heroin. In addition, officers found 22 grams of suspected crack cocaine. The suspect also had in his possession a digital scale and cash.
Martinez-Torres was placed under arrest and transported to Alameda County Santa Rita Jail. He was booked for multiple charges including –
- Possession of a controlled substance for sale
- Possession of a narcotic controlled substance
- Possession of cocaine base for sale
- Transportation and sale of narcotic controlled substance
His other two drug-related arrests happened in 2022. The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office arrested Martinez-Torres in October for possession of a controlled substance for sale. In April 2022, San Leandro police arrested him for possession and transportation of a controlled substance for sale.
Martinez-Torres has been issued an order prohibiting him from using BART. However, he is no longer in custody at the county lockup.