FLOYD COUNTY, Va. – One of the men charged in a record-setting drug bust in our area will spend the rest of his life in prison.
A jury recommended two life sentences plus eight years for Jorge Martinez-Estrada, 31, on multiple charges Wednesday, according to the Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney.
The jury found Martinez-Estrada guilty of distributing at least 200 grams of meth, distributing more than 250 grams of cocaine, possessing a firearm while in possession of a Schedule I/II narcotic and possessing a firearm as a non-U.S. citizen, according to the Virginia State Police.
This was part of a massive undercover investigation last year called “Operation Trap Door.”
Operation Trap Door yielded the largest drug seizure ever in Southwest Virginia, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Prosecutors say Martinez-Estrada helped distribute 30 pounds of crystal meth and more than 6 pounds of cocaine.
Back in September 2019, authorities seized thousands of fentanyl pills, a gun and over $115,000 in cash.
Evidence showed that Martinez-Estrada transported the drugs in hidden compartments in a pickup truck and toolboxes, according to the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
The three-day trial started on Monday. Jurors heard from 23 witnesses.