Santa Rosa, CA – March 3, 2017 – Defendants Sammy David Estrada, 25 years-old, and Carlos Raymond Martinez, 20 years-old, both of Fresno, were sentenced to state prison today by the Honorable Jamie Thistlethwaite for numerous felony offenses including human trafficking of a minor, pimping, and carrying a loaded firearm. The men were given additional time
after admitting that the firearm offenses were committed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal street gang.
District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Human trafficking is not a foreign issue. It is happening in our communities. My office is committed to stopping this scourge. We have sought and will continue to seek lengthy prison sentences for individuals convicted of this type of modern day slavery.”
The charges stemmed from an investigation into a vehicle hit-and-run on December 12, 2016 in Santa Rosa. When officers located the involved vehicle, they learned the defendants had fled along with a 22 year-old woman and a 15 year-old girl. In the car officers located a loaded handgun. A subsequent investigation
revealed that both females had engaged in commercial sex acts in Sonoma County. They also discovered that the men, Latin King Gang members from the Fresno area, were acting as their pimps.
In late January, Estrada pled no contest to human trafficking of a minor and Martinez pled no contest to pimping. Both men also pled no contest to possessing a loaded firearm and admitted that it was possessed for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a criminal street gang. Today,
Estrada was sentenced to eight years in state prison and Martinez was sentenced to five years in state prison. Upon release both defendants will be required to register as gang offenders, and Estrada will be required to register as a sex offender.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Christopher Brown and Andrew Lukas. Detectives James Vickers and Tim Raymond of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation. Detective Michelle Ochoa with the Fresno Police Department assisted in the investigation.