Guilty Plea - Ten Kilograms of Cocaine
JAN 15 - Gerllin Perez-Sanchez, 30, has pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking conspiracy. In July, DEA agents intercepted a shipment of ten kilograms of cocaine headed to Perez-Sanchez’s home in Cranston. The cocaine was in a hidden compartment in an SUV that a Rhode Island State trooper stopped on I-95.
Steven W. Derr, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration for New England and United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha announced the guilty plea, which Perez-Sanchez entered yesterday before U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith in U.S. District Court, Providence.
At the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adi Goldstein said the government could prove that DEA agents monitored conversations in July between Perez-Sanchez and a man in New York in which they discussed the timing of the man’s trip to Rhode Island. Perez-Sanchez also gave the man instructions about operating a hidden compartment in the SUV that the man was driving to Rhode Island.
On July 21, a state trooper stopped the SUV on I-95 in Exeter for a traffic violation. During the traffic stop, a state police detective and a DEA agent approached the vehicle and told the driver that they had information that the vehicle had a stash of cocaine in it. A search of the vehicle revealed a hidden compartment in the tailgate area, consistent with Perez-Sanchez’s conversation with the driver. The compartment contained ten packages of cocaine that weighed a total of just under ten kilograms.
Additional investigation determined that the drugs were headed to Perez-Sanchez at his home on Old Oak Avenue in Cranston, and that Perez-Sanchez had a lot of “contacts,” or drug customers.
Perez-Sanchez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to traffic in five kilograms or more of cocaine. He is detained pending sentencing, which is scheduled for April 28.