County Drug Task Force announces crack cocaine bust

In this Oct. 10, 2006 file photo, a Los Angeles police officer counts the number of doses of crack cocaine, as he files an evidence police report after a drug related arrest. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Cortland County Drug Task Force arrested a city man Thursday for possessing crack cocaine with the intent to sell it, according to police.

Officers arrested Thomas P. Martinez, 53, of Bartlett Ave. after executing a warrant at a Bartlett Avenue residence and discovering 12 grams of crack cocaine, according to a news release by the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office. Twelve grams of crack cocaine is just shy of half an ounce worth of the narcotic.

Two grams of marijuana, as well as instruments used to take drugs, were found in the residence, according to the release.

Martinez was charged with felony, third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, as well as two counts of misdemeanor criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, a violation.

The task force is continuing the drug investigation aided by its members from the Cortland County Sheriff’s Office, the Cortland Police Department and the Homer Village Police Department, according to the release.

Martinez was arraigned in City Court and sent to the Cortland County Correctional Facility without bail. His next court appearance is 1 p.m. Nov. 19 in City Court.