Sheriff: E-town man sold prescript drugs

ELIZABETHTOWN - An Elizabethtown man was arrested and charged with a felony count of selling drugs illegally by Essex County Sheriffs Feb. 9.

Joseph R. Martinez, of 21 Williams St. in Elizabethtown, was arrested and accused of allegedly selling six Fentanyl patches, which were prescribed to him, to a confidential source.

"We obtained a search and arrest warrant immediately after we received the information from Judge William Garrison in Elizabethtown Town Court," David Reynolds, Essex County Sheriffs Department Chief Deputy, said. "He was arrested on Feb. 9 at approximately 4 p.m. and arraigned for a Class B Felony."

Reynolds said that Martinez was remanded to the County Jail and was scheduled for a second appearance in court Feb. 15.

Fentanyl is prescribed to people with chronic pain and is abused as a way to get high.

"It is a dangerous narcotic," Reynolds said. "It is used in a variety of ways by abusers just to get high. This is a common abuse."

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