By Tiffany Williams –
In September 2019, federal law enforcement agents with assistance from state and local law enforcement began an investigation into a drug trafficking organization that spanned across Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. Today, Jasdrual Perez, 33, of Cranston, R.I., and Erik Ventura, 33, of Providence, R.I., were both charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute 400 grams or more of fentanyl.
During their investigation agents determined that Perez, Ventura and others conspired to distribute large quantities of controlled substances, including fentanyl pills. In July 2021, law enforcement seized close to 1,100 counterfeit oxycodone pills suspected to contain fentanyl in Dedham, Massachusetts attributable to the Perez drug trafficking organization.
On February 7, 2022, a search of Perez’s residence resulted in the seizure of two pill presses, a gallon-sized freezer bag suspected to contain fentanyl pills, more than 50,000 counterfeit oxycodone pills suspected to contain fentanyl and multiple marijuana plants. In total, over 10 kilograms of suspected fentanyl was seized. A search of another home where Perez resides resulted in the seizure of more than $80,000 in alleged drug proceeds.
Perez and Ventura, today made an initial appearance before U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell. Both were detained pending a hearing which is scheduled for February 18, 2022.