U.S. Department of Justice
Peter F. Neronha
United States Attorney
District of Rhode Island
February 9, 2012
Providence Man Ordered Detained on Federal Charge of Trafficking More Than 100 Grams of Heroin
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Luis A. Perez, 29, of Providence, was ordered detained Thursday by U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge David L. Martin during an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence on a federal complaint charging him with possession with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin. Perez was arrested early Thursday morning by agents from the DEA Drug Task Force and members of the Rhode Island State Police SWAT team.
Perez’s arrest and initial appearance was announced by U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha; Kevin L. Lane, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the New England field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration; and Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police.
According to an affidavit in support of a criminal complaint filed with the court, DEA Drug Task Force agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police SWAT team executed a federal search warrant at Perez’s residence, where they discovered more than 100 grams of suspected heroin contained in three plastic bags. They also seized various items and a ledger allegedly used in the packaging and sale of heroin. The items were allegedly located in a dresser drawer in a bedroom used by the defendant.
The matter is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch.
The DEA Drug Task Force is comprised of agents and law enforcement officers from DEA; ATF; IRS; HSI; R.I. State Police; and Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Newport, Warwick and Woonsocket Police departments.