MANCHESTER MAN CONVICTED OF DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGES
CONCORD, N.H. - Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley today announced that, after a four-day trial, a jury returned guilty verdicts late Wednesday afternoon against Valentin Delo Perez Soto, also known as Miguel Angel Sanchez Caraballo, 49, of Manchester, New Hampshire.
Evidence presented at trial demonstrated that the defendant sold fentanyl and heroin to a cooperating individual on April 23, June 4, and October 2, 2015. A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence on Pearl Street in Manchester on November 2, 2015, where quantities of cocaine, oxycodone, and over 100 grams of heroin were recovered.
Perez Soto was convicted of one count of distributing fentanyl, two counts of distributing heroin, and one count of possessing cocaine, oxycodone and 100 grams of more of heroin with the intent to distribute.
Perez Soto, who is in custody, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least ten years and a maximum of life in prison. His sentencing has not yet been scheduled.
“This prosecution demonstrate the commitment of the U.S. Attorney’s Office to working with our law enforcement partners to stop the distribution of drugs in our communities,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “While we recognize that those who struggle with substance abuse require access to treatment, we will continue to work tirelessly to identify and prosecute those who are responsible for distributing these deadly substances in the Granite State.”
The investigation that led to this prosecution was co-led by the New Hampshire State Police and the FBI Safe Streets Gang Task Force. They were assisted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Northeast Laboratory, and the Hillsborough County House of Corrections. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Bill Morse and Anna Dronzek.