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Charlottesville man arrested during jail visit

A Charlottesville man was arrested on drug charges Sunday when he went to visit someone in the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail, police officials said.

The arrest comes less than five months after Indio Martinez, 22, was released from state prison for his role in a 2008 shooting of a Charlottesville teenager.

Martinez was arrested on Sunday on two counts of distribution of cocaine, according to information from the Albemarle County Police Department.

He was being held without bond Wednesday in the jail where he was arrested.

Court records show an Albemarle County grand jury indicted Martinez on the drug charges on June 6.

Albemarle County Police Sgt. Darrell Byers said jail officials called the police Sunday evening after Martinez showed up for inmate visitation.

“It is routine for the jail to check for warrants when someone comes in for visitation,” Byers said on Wednesday. “We got a call from the jail that a wanted person was in their lobby and we went over and picked him up.”

Byers said he did not know specifics about the charges against Martinez or if they are related to the drug case against his older brother, Pee Wee Carmello Martinez, also 22.

Pee Wee Carmello Martinez was arrested on Feb. 21 after members of the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 64 in eastern Albemarle County, according to a JADE media release at the time.

At the time of Pee Wee Carmello Martinez’ arrest, investigators said there were more arrests expected in the case.