For Immediate Release 1/17/2017
Last week, Martinez Thomas pled guilty to two handgun charges in connection to a drug raid conducted by Baltimore Police in May 2016. Assistant State’s Attorney Danielle Cardin prosecuted the case.
Police executed an early morning search and seizure warrant at a residence in the 400 block of Pitman Place in the Greenmount West community. Detectives asked if there was anything illegal in the home, to which Martinez replied, “Some weed and ammo upstairs.” He further explained that he sells ammunition.
Officers confiscated a loaded .38 special revolver, a loaded .380 caliber semiautomatic handgun, and a Rossi Interarms .38 special revolver from a hole in a bedroom ceiling. In total, there were 216 rounds of ammunition recovered, 30 of which were found in the kitchen. Suspected narcotics and a scale were also discovered during the search.
According to Cardin, Thomas filed a motion to dismiss his case based on the timeliness of his trial. When Cardin successfully argued that the trial should move forward, Thomas pled guilty and agreed to a 10-year prison sentence, of which he must serve the first five years without parole.
"The violence taking place in Baltimore City is completely unacceptable and must end,” said Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. “This is yet another example of the State’s Attorney’s Office’s and the Baltimore Police Department’s collaborative effort to hold gun toting violent repeat offenders accountable.”
Martinez was convicted of second degree assault in 2014 and was previously convicted of a weapons charge in 1994.