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Hazleton man charged in drug trafficking conspiracy

By 69 News, follow: @69news, news@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 03 2014 09:48:09 PM CST
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HAZLETON, Pa. -

Willy Perez of Hazleton was indicted by a federal grand jury in Scranton last Tuesday for participating in a drug trafficking conspiracy that distributed heroin and cocaine from July through October in the Hazleton and Scranton areas.

The grand jury alleges that the 36-year-old  Perez conspired with others to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute, heroin and cocaine during that  four-month time period.

The Indictment against Perez was announced Monday Friday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

It alleges that Perez and his unidentified co-conspirators arranged to obtain heroin and cocaine in New York City and distributed the drugs.

The indictment alleges that Perez and his associates communicated with each other and drug customers by cell phones. Perez is also charged with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it on October 24.

The charges stem from an investigation by special agents and task force officers of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Scranton Police and detectives from the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.

If the defendant is convicted of the charges, he faces up to 20 years in prison and a $1 million fine for each charge.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.