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Press Release

Three Facing Federal Charges for Drug Distribution Conspiracy

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

41 kilograms of suspected heroin seized


Baltimore, Maryland – A federal criminal complaint was filed on June 1, 2017 charging three defendants with intent to distribute narcotics and conspiracy to distribute narcotics.


The criminal complaint was announced by Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Stephen M. Schenning and Assistant Special Agent in Charge Don A. Hibbert of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Baltimore District Office.


The criminal complaint charges the following defendants:


Perry Brown, age 53, of Baltimore, Maryland;

Juan Olvera Morales, age 34, of St. Anthony, Idaho; and

Alfredo Manuel Nevares, age 41, of West Valley, Utah


According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, beginning in October 2015, federal and state law enforcement began investigating drug trafficking activities of various persons. On May 30, 2017, investigators received confidential information concerning a possible drug transaction. Based on that intelligence, law enforcement began monitoring Brown. On May 31, 2017, at a truck stop in Jessup, law enforcement observed Brown, Morales, and Nevares, transfer multiple bags from a truck to a van. On the same day, 41 kilograms of suspected heroin was seized, and the three defendants were taken into custody.


If convicted of either conspiracy to distribute or possession with the intent to distribute narcotics, Brown, Morales, and Nevares faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.


A criminal complaint is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by criminal complaint is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.


Acting United States Attorney Stephen M. Schenning commended the DEA for its work in the investigation. Mr. Schenning thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Hanlon, who is prosecuting the case. Mr. Schenning would also like to thank the following agencies for their cooperation and dedication to this investigation: Baltimore City Police Department, Baltimore City Sheriff's Office, Baltimore County Police Department, Immigration Custom Enforcement (ICE-ERO), Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and Maryland Transportation Authority Police (MTAP).

Updated June 5, 2017