Former West Haven woman sentenced on federal drug charges

- FILE - West Haven Police cruiser (WTNH / Noelle Gardner)

WEST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A West Haven woman has been sentenced to three years in prison followed by three years of supervised release Thursday on federal narcotics distribution charges.

Natali Martinez,30, formerly of West Haven, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Hartford after the ongoing investigation.

According to court documents, there was an explosion on Wintergreen Avenue in Hamden on July 4, 2015. When law enforcement responded, they located a deceased victim who was wrapped in a plastic garbage material and rope in a wooded area nearby.

Police said that the male victim was identified as 39-year-old Edward Brooks, of West Haven. Brooks had suffered three gunshot wounds.

Brooks and Martinez had been residing at 59 Front Avenue, and were subjects of the drug trafficking investigation, according to police.

Police told News 8 that investigators conducted a state narcotics search and seizure warrant, and seized approximately 16 grams of cocaine, approximately 10.6 grams of methamphetamine, narcotics packaging materials, and pipe bomb making materials that were consistent with the material found at the explosion on Wintergreen Avenue.

Martinez has been detained since her arrest on July 13, 2015. She pleaded guilty on March 9, 2016 to one count of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute cocaine base.

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