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Lowell Man Sentenced for Distributing Fentanyl

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – A Lowell man was sentenced today for conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

Steven Perez, 30, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young to 70 months in prison and four years of supervised release. In September 2020, Perez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl.  Perez was arrested and charged with co-defendant Anthony Holloway, of Methuen, in December 2019.

Over the course of several months, law enforcement investigated Perez and Holloway’s fentanyl distribution operation. Perez and, allegedly, Holloway used an elderly housing complex run by the Methuen Housing Authority to conduct drug sales. Upon an execution of a search warrant at Perez’s residence, agents seized 61 grams of fentanyl. 

Holloway previously pleaded not guilty and is pending trial.

United States Attorney Andrew Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Boston Field Office; and Acting Methuen Police Chief Kristopher McCarthy made the announcement. Assistant U.S. Attorney Philip C. Cheng of Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The remaining defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated February 22, 2021

Drug Trafficking