Idaho Falls Man With Multiple Charges

Sidney Woodhouse, Staff Writer

On Thursday at 9:42 p.m. Jonathan Manuel Martinez was pulled over on I-15 near Bonneville County by an Idaho State Police Trooper. The officer had stopped the car because he knew it had been reported stolen earlier this year in Pocatello. When Martinez was pulled over, the officer found an illegal gun in the car, and the driver was high on methamphetamines. 

When the Trooper pulled over the Nissan Kicks, he was surprised to see Martinez inside. This wasn’t the State Trooper’s first encounter with Martinez. Martinez admitted to having a gun in the car, once the Trooper started looking around, and that he was high on methamphetamine, after the trooper noticed his pupils were dilated. 

State troopers found the shotgun after searching the car, and they brought in a K9 which found a tube used for smoking drugs, as well as syringes and oxycodone pills. After searching the car, the troopers took Martinez to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center to run tests and determine what drugs he was on. While at the hospital, Martinez admitted to having a second baggie of methamphetamines hidden in his rectum. 

“Methamphetamine is an addictive drug… Once you have taste for it, you’re addicted. It’s crazy, because you’re watching yourself hurt the people who care about you, yet you don’t care. In the moment you just want to find a way to get higher” said Nathan Ender, a rehabilitating meth addict. 

Martinez was charged with many major felonies, and his bond was set at $30,000. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in Bonneville District Court. Hopefully, Martinez learns from this mistake and chooses to change his life for the greater good.