California Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Trafficking Methamphetamine in California and New Hampshire
CONCORD - Brian Perez, 31, of Salem, pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court to conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine, Acting United States Attorney John J. Farley announced today.
According to court documents and statements made in court, on May 11, 2021, agents opened a suspicious package sent by UPS from the greater Los Angeles, California area to an unspecified apartment at an address in Salem. The box contained over two kilograms of methamphetamine. Additional shipping records revealed that since April 10, 2021, this was the ninth package sent from the Los Angeles area to the same address in Salem.
On May 19, 2021, investigators intercepted another suspicious UPS package destined for the Salem address. After obtaining a search warrant, they discovered over 2.2 kilograms of methamphetamine. The contents were replaced with an innocuous filler and an undercover officer delivered the package to the front foyer of the Salem address. Later that day agents observed a van arrive at the Salem address. Perez entered the foyer and examined the package. Perez then left the foyer and entered the van. Investigators detained Perez and his passenger. During a safety sweep of the van, investigators observed the subject package in plain view. Perez had a receipt on his person showing a receipt for a parcel that was destined for Miami Beach. The parcel was located and searched pursuant to a warrant. Among other items, it contained a clear plastic bag containing orange pills that contained approximately 363 grams of methamphetamine.
Perez is scheduled to be sentenced on March 17, 2022.
“Drug traffickers are shipping large quantities of methamphetamine to the Granite State for distribution,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Farley. “These traffickers are seeking to profit from the sale of methamphetamine without regard to the drug’s harmful impact on our community. As this case demonstrates, we are working closely with our law enforcement partners to identify and prosecute the drug dealers who are bringing this dangerous substance into New Hampshire and selling it in our local communities.”
This matter was investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration, New Hampshire State Police and Salem Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joachim H. Barth.