Youngstown man guilty in interstate heroin case

Staff report


A Youngstown man was found guilty in federal court in Cleveland in a heroin distribution case stemming from arrests last year.

Alexis Perez was convicted Tuesday in Judge Solomon Oliver’s court of six counts he faced from Grand Jury charges June 27, 2012, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland said.

Charges included conspiracy with the intent to distribute heroin; distribution of heroin; possession with intent to distribute at least 100 grams of heroin; and unlawful use of a communications facility.

Three dozen people were arrested after a 3-year-long investigation. Twelve of those people, including Perez, faced federal charges.

One person, Luis Brisino, is still a fugitive.

Federal agents said Perez, Rodney Moses and Tyrone Gilbert brought the drug to Youngstown from Chicago and distributed it to John Perdue, according to Vindicator files. Perdue distributed it to others in the case, who sold it primarily in Youngstown, according to Vindicator files.

With the exception of Brisino, the others who faced federal charges have been convicted. Perez was the only one who went to trial. The others pleaded guilty.

Sentencing for Perez is set for Dec. 19.

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