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Published March 16, 2011, 08:06 AM

Man convicted in ND drug conspiracy files appeal

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man convicted in one of the region's largest drug cases says his sentence should be thrown out because his lawyer did a bad job. Ramon "Razor" Martinez pleaded guilty in 2008 for his role in the drug conspiracy and an attempted escape from a Rugby jail. He was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man convicted in one of the region's largest drug cases says his sentence should be thrown out because his lawyer did a bad job.

Ramon "Razor" Martinez pleaded guilty in 2008 for his role in the drug conspiracy and an attempted escape from a Rugby jail. He was sentenced to more than 18 years in prison.

Martinez claims in a handwritten appeal that his court-appointed attorney did not adequately investigate the case. Martinez says he should not have accepted a plea agreement.

More than 60 people were indicted in the case that federal authorities dubbed Operation Speed Racer. Martinez was one of three men charged in the escape, which resulted in four-year prison sentences for two guards from Rugby.

A judge has not ruled on Martinez's motion.

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