Dallas Men Charged in Heroin, Cocaine and Methamphetamine Distribution Conspiracy
One Defendant Charged With Distributing Heroin to Two Young Women, Causing Their Overdose Deaths
DALLAS —A federal grand jury returned an indictment yesterday charging two Dallas residents, Misael Perla, 24, and Hugo Sanchez, 23, with various drug and firearms offenses related to their conspiracy to distribute heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. Perla is also charged with the possession and distribution of heroin that resulted in the overdose deaths this summer of two young women, Alexandra Julia Moreno, 20, of Irving, Texas, and Cassidy Seward, 18, of Grapevine, Texas. Perla and Sanchez are presently in state custody on related charges and are expected to appear later this week before a U.S. Magistrate Judge on these federal charges. Today’s announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas.
“Heroin use is on the rise in North Texas and traffickers should take heed,” said U.S. Attorney Saldaña. “My heart goes out to the families of Ms. Moreno and Ms. Seward; I hope in some small way they are comforted by the fact that we are holding an individual accountable for the loss of their daughters.”
Specifically, the nine-count indictment alleges that from July 2012 to September 13, 2012, Perla, aka “Irving,” and Sanchez, aka “Juice,” conspired to possess with the intent to distribute 100 grams or more of heroin; 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and 500 grams or more of cocaine.
In addition, the indictment alleges that on July 16, 2012, Perla possessed, with the intent to distribute, heroin, the use of which caused the overdose death of Alexandra Julia Moreno. It also alleges that on August 27, 2012, Perla possessed, with the intent to distribute, heroin and methamphetamine, the use of which caused the overdose death of Cassidy Seward.
Sanchez is also charged with one count of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute it to a person under age 21; one substantive counts of possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute; one substantive count of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute; and one substantive count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute.
In addition, the indictment charges Sanchez with one count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, alleging that Sanchez, a convicted felon, possessed four firearms on September 13, 2012. The indictment also alleges that on September 13, 2012, Sanchez possessed these firearms in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense.
A federal indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. If convicted, however, the conspiracy count carries a penalty of not less than five years or more than 40 years in prison. Counts Two and Three, possession with intent to distribute resulting in death, each carry a penalty of not less than 20 years and up to life in prison, upon conviction. Count Four, charging possession of heroin with intent to distribute and distribution to a person under age 21, carries a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, upon conviction. Each of the substantive possession with intent to distribute counts, Counts Five, Six and Seven, upon conviction, carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Upon conviction, Count Eight, charging possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and Count Nine, Use of a Firearm in Furtherance of a Drug Trafficking Offense, carries a mandatory five-year consecutive term of imprisonment to the sentence for the underlying drug offense. Possible fines range from $250,000 to $10 million per count of conviction.
The investigation is being led by the Irving Police Department and the Grapevine Police Department, with assistance from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason D. Schall is in charge of the prosecution.
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