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JADE Press Release

To: All Media
From: Sgt. John Baber,
Date: February 22, 2011

On 2/21/2011 at 11:36 p.m. members of the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force, Albemarle County Police and the Virginia State Police initiated a traffic stop on I64 in the eastern portion of Albemarle County.

Detectives seize approximately 55 grams of powder cocaine. PeeWee Carmello Martinez B/M DOB 8/17/1988 of Charlottesville was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and transporting narcotics into the Commonwealth. Deshanta Trent B/F DOB 10/23/1989 of Charlottesville was arrested for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

Further investigation led detectives to search a residence at 2025 Michie Drive C and the seizure of approximately 4.7grams crack cocaine and a 9mm handgun.

Additional charges placed on Martinez for possession of a firearm after being a convicted felon and possession of a firearm while in possession of a schedule II substance.

This is an ongoing investigation with additional charges and arrest pending. No further information regarding this case will be released at this time.

Sergeant John Baber
Jade Task Force