Yefri Martinez Herrera pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and possession charges that involved 87 kilograms of cocaine, United States Attorney Delia L. Smith announced Tuesday.
According to court documents, in January 2022, Martinez Herrera brokered a 200-kilogram cocaine deal with individuals later revealed to be a confidential source and an undercover Drug Enforcement Administration agent. On Feb. 2, 2022, Martinez Herrera agreed to sell the undercover agent 86 kilograms of cocaine as part of that 200-kilogram deal. Federal agents later executed a search warrant on Martinez Herrera’s home in Frenchtown, where 87 kilograms of cocaine and a Glock pistol were seized. Martinez Herrera was taken into custody after an agent found him hiding inside a bedroom closet.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Investigation Air Marine Operations, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Postal Inspection Service, Puerto Rico Police Department and Virgin Islands Police Department are investigating this case. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith Edwards.