October 27, 2020

Meth kingpin faces life in prison, $10 million fine for role in drug trafficking

A Texas man faces a possible life prison sentence and up to a $10 million fine for being a methamphetamine kingpin that brought pounds and pounds of the drug to Mississippi

David Quevedo Martinez, 40, of Houston, Texas, was found guilty by a jury in federal court today of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of methamphetamine, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley with the Drug Enforcement Administration. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. presided over the three-day trial.

Trial testimony revealed that Martinez sold numerous kilograms of methamphetamine to co-conspirators in Houston, Texas. Those co-conspirators brought the methamphetamine back to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and distributed it throughout Gulfport and Moss Point.

Martinez will be sentenced on September 18, 2019, by Judge Guirola, and faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $10,000,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Pasadena, Texas Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kathlyn R. Van Buskirk and John Meynardie.