South Texan gets 10 years in synthetic marijuana, guns case

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This photo shows packets of synthetic marijuana seized (AP Photo/New York Police Department)

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A South Texas man must serve 10 years in federal prison after being caught with about 700 packets of synthetic marijuana and several guns.

Prosecutors say 28-year-old Abel Martinez of Corpus Christi was sentenced Monday.

Martinez in September pleaded guilty to possessing with intent to distribute a synthetic cannabinoid and for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Martinez was arrested in June. Officers seized an assault rifle, two loaded handguns, a stolen bullet-resistant vest and hundreds of packets of synthetic marijuana.

Authorities didn’t immediately provide a criminal history for Martinez, who received concurrent 10-year prison terms for each conviction. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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