BOSTON - A Lawrence man was convicted today in federal court of distributing more than one kilogram of heroin and distributing crack cocaine.
Jose Peralta, 44, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV to conspiracy to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin and possession with intent to distribute and distribution of heroin. In addition, Peralta pled guilty to conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and five counts of distribution of crack cocaine.
Had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that, between March and May 2004, Peralta engaged in multiple sales of crack cocaine to an undercover police officer in Manchester, New Hampshire. After his arrest in that case, Peralta fled to Massachusetts and on May 23, 2011, Peralta transported more than one kilogram of heroin from Lawrence to Clinton, Mass. He was arrested, along with several co-defendants, at the deal location. After his arrest in the Massachusetts case, Peralta was transferred to New Hampshire to answer to the 2004 charges. Eventually, the New Hampshire case was transferred to the District of Massachusetts and Peralta pled guilty to all charges today.
Judge Saylor scheduled sentencing for Sept. 24, 2012. Peralta faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, to be followed by at least five years of supervised release and a $10,000,000 fine. He also faces deportation upon release from prison.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Kevin Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration - Boston Field Division made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Karin M. Bell of Ortiz’s Worcester Branch.