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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 20, 2020

Texas Man Indicted on Charge of Possession of 30 Kilograms of Cocaine

BOSTON – A Texas man was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury in connection with possession of 30 kilograms of cocaine.

Javier Robledo Perez, 36, of Houston, Texas, was indicted on one count of possession with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine. Perez was previously charged by criminal complaint and arrested on May 24, 2020.

As alleged in charging documents, on May 24, 2020, following a traffic stop in Charlton, law enforcement officers seized 30 brick-shaped objects suspected to be kilograms of cocaine from the cab of the semi-truck Perez was driving. Agents conducted field tests on two of the brick-shaped objects, both of which tested positive for the presence of cocaine. 

The charge of possession with intent to distribute of five kilograms or more of cocaine carries a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years and up to life in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a fine of up to $10 million. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. Lelling’s Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit is prosecuting the case. 

The operation was conducted by a multi-agency task force through the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF), a partnership between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. The principal mission of the OCDETF program is to identify, disrupt and dismantle the most serious drug trafficking, weapons trafficking and money laundering organizations, and those primarily responsible for the nation’s illegal drug supply. More information on the OCDETF program is available here: https://www.justice.gov/ocdetf/about-ocdetf.

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

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Drug Trafficking
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Updated August 20, 2020