For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Bays
775.321.4304 (o); 775.771.6049 (c)
The Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has announced that Defendant Osman Reniery Lozano-Martinez, age 30 (9/1/91) has been sentenced to a 20-year prison term after having pled guilty in June to one count of Heroin Trafficking. Lozano-Martinez was arrested following a traffic stop be the Nevada Highway Patrol for speeding and operating an unregistered vehicle. During the traffic stop the officer noticed numerous other suspicious circumstances which led to further investigation. Ultimately, the Defendant’s vehicle was searched, and officers discovered two large packages of a dark substance with a total weight of 1,102.2 grams. Subsequent testing by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Forensic Laboratory confirmed that the substance was heroin.
At sentencing, Deputy District Attorney Michael Vieta-Kabell pointed out that according to the most recent report by the Washoe County Medical Examiner’s Office heroin had contributed to 22 fatal overdoses in just six months. He went on to advise the court that although the twenty-year sentence recommended by the State was serious, the amount of harm Lozano-Martinez and other drug traffickers were doing to the community was astonishing, and that there was simply no excuse for it.