A traffic stop in Mahopac by Putnam County sheriff’s deputies has led to the arrest of a New York City man who now faces felony promoting-prostitution charges and misdemeanor drug charges.
On Friday, Feb. 16, members of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Narcotics Enforcement Unit (NEU) conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle on Bucks Hollow Road. The vehicle was being driven by Leonardo Martinez, 42, of Queens. Investigators said that subsequent to the traffic stop, it was determined that Martinez was operating the vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Martinez was accompanied by two women, 23 and 28 years old, also residents of Queens.
During the course of the deputies’ investigation, they said they discovered that Martinez had solicited a number of individuals from Westchester and Putnam counties to engage in sexual conduct with the two women in exchange for money. Martinez was also found to be in possession of an undisclosed quantity of cocaine.
Martinez was charged with one felony count of third-degree promoting prostitution and one misdemeanor count of seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.
Martinez was arraigned before Judge Thomas J. Jacobellis of the town of Carmel Justice Court and sent to Putnam County Correctional Facility on $15,000 bail or $25,000 bond.
Police said that the investigation is ongoing.