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Utah cannabis mogul Ramone Marcio Martinez charged with kidnapping and assault

Ramone Marcio Martinez, 39, was arrested on Wednesday in Salt Lake City

A self-proclaimed millionaire in the medical cannabis industry has been charged with holding a woman captive for weeks, beating her and carving the number ‘6’ into her hand as a warning that she had six months to love him or be murdered. 

Ramone Marcio Martinez, 39, was arrested on Wednesday in Salt Lake City on police charges of aggravated kidnapping, assault and five counts of aggravated assault.

Police were alerted to the case when the woman texted a friend saying she was being held against her will, and ‘begging for help and that she was scared for her life’, according to a booking affidavit reported by KSL-TV

A cop responding to Martinez’s home in the Poplar Grove neighborhood said that he ‘had his hand in his hoodie pocket and I could see the outline of a handgun which he was holding onto.’ 

‘I ordered him to put his hands in the air and he complied,’ the officer wrote.

Martinez, the founder of a medical cannabis consultancy, is charged with holding a woman captive for weeks, beating her and carving the number '6' into her hand as a warning that she had six months to love him or be murdered

Police were alerted to the case when the woman texted a friend saying she was being held against her will, and 'begging for help and that she was scared for her life'

Martinez, the founder of a medical cannabis consultancy, is charged with holding a woman captive for weeks, beating her and carving the number ‘6’ into her hand as a warning that she had six months to love him or be murdered

A cop responding to Martinez's home on this block in the Poplar Grove neighborhood said that he 'had his hand in his hoodie pocket and I could see the outline of a handgun'

A cop responding to Martinez’s home on this block in the Poplar Grove neighborhood said that he ‘had his hand in his hoodie pocket and I could see the outline of a handgun’

Police searched the home and quickly found the distressed woman, who allegedly had heavy bruising around both eyes, and said that she had trouble breathing due to pain in her ribs.

The woman said that Martinez had held her for several weeks, threatening to kill her and her family, and beating her repeatedly. 

‘During this time she was unable to leave or go anywhere freely,’ the affidavit states.

The woman told cops she had been assaulted six times on Tuesday alone. On two occasions she was choked to the point of losing consciousness, the affidavit states, once by Martinez using his hands and the other by his foot.

At one point Martinez held a knife to her throat, and at another he ‘grabbed a knife and carved the number ‘6’ into the victim’s left hand stating that she had six months to love him or be killed,’ the affidavit states.

He also at one point held a gun to the woman’s head and threatened to kill her, the affidavit says. 

Police say that Martinez admitted only to strangling the woman, but said it was during consensual sex. 

In 2019, Martinez gave an interview (above) to CBS affiliate KUTV regarding regulation of the medical cannabis industry in Utah. On his arrest, he boasted to cops that he is a millionaire

In 2019, Martinez gave an interview (above) to CBS affiliate KUTV regarding regulation of the medical cannabis industry in Utah. On his arrest, he boasted to cops that he is a millionaire

Public records show that Martinez is associated with a number of businesses, including a limo service and Truu Med, a medical cannabis referral service in Utah

Public records show that Martinez is associated with a number of businesses, including a limo service and Truu Med, a medical cannabis referral service in Utah

Cops are asking the court to order Martinez be held without bail, saying that he has ‘many firearms and has access to a large amount of money to gain access to more firearms if he chooses. 

‘(Martinez) also stated he is a millionaire, giving him access to flights and other means of travel which would enable him to flee,’ police wrote.

Public records show that Martinez is associated with a number of businesses, including a limo service and Truu Med, a medical cannabis referral service in Utah.

The company appears to assist people, for a fee, in obtaining so-called ‘green cards’ for legal purchase and consumption of medical marihuana.  

In 2019, he gave an interview to CBS affiliate KUTV regarding regulation of the medical cannabis industry in Utah.

‘We welcome the regulations to come; we don’t mind the oversight whatsoever,’ he said at the time. 

In one of his final Facebook posts on Sunday, Martinez shared the quote: 'I am not for everyone, but once you taste my energy, you'll always be thirsty'

In one of his final Facebook posts on Sunday, Martinez shared the quote: ‘I am not for everyone, but once you taste my energy, you’ll always be thirsty’

Police say that among his threats to the woman, he threatened to go to Mexico and ‘chop up’ her brother and rape her mother. 

He also owns a second home in Arizona, where he allegedly planned to take the woman on the night police intervened.  

Martinez is being held in the Salt Lake County jail, where booking records show that he is also charged with speeding and driving without proof of insurance.

He is being held without bond and was due to be arraigned on Thursday morning. 

It was not immediately clear whether he had an attorney to speak on his behalf. 

In one of his final Facebook posts on Sunday, he shared the quote: ‘I am not for everyone, but once you taste my energy, you’ll always be thirsty.’ 

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