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Drug trafficker gets life sentence

ATLANTA - A Lawrenceville man convicted on Sept. 19 of several drug charges - including conspiracy and trafficking - was sentenced last week to life in prison.

Olivar Martinez-Blanco, 31, was ordered by United States District Judge Timothy C. Batten Sr. to spend the rest of his life in a federal prison for his third trafficking conviction. There is no parole in the federal system.

"This defendant was convicted twice before of drug felonies and deported to Mexico, and yet he again illegally re-entered the United States to traffic in cocaine," said U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias. "His life sentence is just punishment for his lifetime of criminal conduct and should serve as a warning to those who would sell their addictive poison in our communities."

Drug and Enforcement Agency Special Agent in Charge Rodney G. Benson said the sentence was "well-deserved" and that Martinez-Blanco has been involved in "significant illegal narcotics trafficking during his entire adult life."

Nahmias said federal agents were conducting surveillance of suspected drug traffickers when Georgia State Patrol officers stopped a mini-van being driven by Martinez-Blanco's co-defendant, Victor Giles-Morales, and seized more than 15 kilograms of cocaine. Martinez-Blanco, authorities said, was acting as a lookout and informed the owner of the narcotics of the arrest and seizure. Martinez-Blanco then drove to the stash house, agents said, picked up more than $800,000 and put it in his trunk.

He was arrested near the residence, reports said, where authorities found nearly 1,000 pounds of marijuana, 17 pounds of crystal meth, 2 kilograms of cocaine and several firearms.