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News Release
September 30, 2004

Holyoke Man Sentenced for Distributing Cocaine

Springfield, MA... A Holyoke man was sentenced on Monday, September 27, 2004 in federal court for participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine.

Mark R. Trouville, Special Agent in Charge of the U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and United States Attorney Michael J. Sullivan and, announced that MIGUEL PEREZ, age 34, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, was sentenced by U. S. District Judge Michael A. Ponsor to 3 years and 1 month of imprisonment, to be followed by 5 years of supervised release. PEREZ was further ordered by the Court to forfeit $4,610 in cash to the government. PEREZ pleaded guilty on December 9, 2003, to conspiring to distribute over 500 grams of cocaine.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that, had the case proceeded to trial, the Government’s evidence, which included four months of Court authorized electronic surveillance, would have proven that between October of 2002 and February 11, 2003, PEREZ, together with seven co- defendants distributed at least one kilogram of cocaine per week in Springfield and Holyoke. During the execution of search warrants on February 11, 2003, DEA agents seized two kilograms of cocaine, 200 grams of crack cocaine, eight grams of heroin and over $70,000 in cash.

The case was investigated by the Springfield Drug Enforcement Administration’s Task Force.


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