CONCORD - Efrain Perez, 48, of Manchester, was sentenced on Tuesday to 77 months in federal prison for attempted possession of MDMA with intent to distribute, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, in the spring of 2019, the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) seized a package shipped from the Netherlands that contained over 500 grams of MDMA. MDMA is an illegal drug that is also known as “Ecstasy” or “Molly.” The package was addressed to an employee at a store in New Hampshire.
On April 3, 2019, a member of the USPIS, disguised as a mail carrier, delivered the package to the employee and learned that Perez had asked him to receive the package.
At the request of law enforcement officers, the employee advised Perez that the package was available at a post office. Perez went to the post office and signed for the package. After leaving the post office, Perez was approached by law enforcement officers while in possession of the package. A later search of Perez's cellular phone showed that he had made multiple inquiries to check on the delivery status of the package.
“Drug trafficking endangers public health and safety,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “Shipping dangerous drugs through the mail can create an additional public health hazard. We are working hard to stop the flow of drugs into New Hampshire. As this case demonstrates, those who use the mail for drug trafficking will face substantial consequences for their unlawful conduct.”
“HSI is committed to preventing trafficked drugs from reaching the streets. With the assistance of our partners at the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, we’re working together to keep dangerous substances out of the mail system and out of the hands of traffickers,” said Matthew Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge for the Homeland Security Investigations’ Boston Field Office.
This matter was investigated by the Homeland Security Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Aframe.