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PRESS RELEASE: Fairfax Station Man, Michael Ryan Martin, Sentenced to 12 Years for Heroin and Oxycodone Crimes

U.S. Attorney’s Office
December 11, 2015

Eastern District of Virginia
(703) 299-3700

Fairfax Station Man Sentenced to 12 Years for Heroin and Oxycodone Crimes

ALEXANDRIA, VA—Michael Ryan Martin, 32, of Fairfax Station, was sentenced today to 144 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for conspiracy to distribute heroin and oxycodone.

According to court documents, from approximately Aug. 14, 2014, until June 1, 2015, Martin illegally distributed oxycodone tablets and utilized the proceeds from these sales to purchase heroin, a portion of which he sold to other individuals. On Dec. 3, 2014, Martin distributed heroin to Christopher Ritchie, a 30-year old resident of Aldie. Ritchie injected himself with a portion of the heroin that Martin provided and subsequently died the same day. The cause of Ritchie’s death was later determined to be heroin poisoning.

Martin pleaded guilty on Sept. 17, 2015. Today the court determined Martin significantly impeded law enforcement officials’ investigation of Ritchie’s death by providing false statements to detectives from the Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office. The court also ordered Martin to forfeit $71,840, which represented the illegal proceeds that Martin obtained from the offense.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Michael L. Chapman, Loudoun County Sheriff; and Karl C. Colder, Special Agent in Charge of the DEA’s Washington Field Division, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys Neal Christiansen and Joshua Champagne, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kosta Stojilkovic prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:15-cr-257.

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