Pueblo woman convicted of federal drug trafficking crimes

DENVER — A Pueblo woman has been found guilty of federal conspiracy, drug trafficking, and firearm charges.

Leilani Marie Ontiveras-Martinez, 34, was convicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Denver. She was indicted in October 2014 on charges of conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, three counts of distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.

Ontiveras-Martinez, a known gang member, was arrested on June 18, 2014, after going through the drive-through of a fast food restaurant in Pueblo. Law enforcement found 50 grams of heroin in her purse, plus 154 grams of heroin, 133 grams of meth, 7 grams of crack cocaine, and a bundle of cash hidden in various places in her house. They also found a loaded 12-gauge shotgun and a plastic baggie of ammunition hidden between the mattress and the box springs of her bed.

Prosecutors said the drugs had a total street value of more than $30,000.

Ontiveras-Martinez will be sentenced July 6.

A co-defendant in the case, 35-year-old Colter Grant Martinez of Pueblo, has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for firearm and drug offenses.

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