Mattapan Man Charged with Drug Distribution and Firearms Violations
BOSTON – A Mattapan man was indicted today on drug distribution and firearms charges in U.S. District Court in Boston.
Manuel Pereyra, 27, was indicted on distribution of heroin, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, and receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment. Pereyra has been detained since he was arrested on a criminal complaint in April 2015.
According to the charging documents, in March 2015, a cooperating witness told officers that Pereyra was a heroin dealer, and that Pereyra had previously traded heroin to obtain a firearm. As a result, on April 2, 2015, at the direction of law enforcement officers, the cooperating witness purchased heroin from Pereyra at a location in the Old Colony Public Housing Development in South Boston. During that meeting, Pereyra sought to obtain a firearm from the cooperating witness. On April 14, 2015, the cooperating witness and an undercover federal agent met with Pereyra in a hotel room in Dorchester. There, Pereyra gave the undercover federal agent 11 grams of heroin in exchange for a .380 caliber semi-automatic pistol. Pereyra was arrested at the scene moments after the exchange took place and before he was permitted to leave the room.
The charge of distribution of heroin provides for a sentence of no greater than 20 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release, and a fine of $1 million. The charge of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime provides for a minimum mandatory sentence of five years (consecutive to any other sentence) and up to a lifetime in prison, five years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. The charge of receipt of a firearm by a person under indictment provides for a sentence of no greater than five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Daniel J. Kumor, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Boston Field Division, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordi de Llano of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.