Lowell Man Pleads Guilty to Drug Dealing from Methuen Elderly Housing Complex

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse. (Beyond My Ken, CC.)

A Lowell man, involved in drug dealing from a Methuen elderly housing complex, pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl.

Thirty-year-old Steven Perez pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl before U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young. The judge scheduled sentencing for Dec. 10.

Perez was arrested and charged with Anthony Holloway, of Methuen, last Dec. 11. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office said police investigated Perez and Holloway’s fentanyl distribution operation over the course of several months. Perez and, allegedly, Holloway used elderly housing operated by the Methuen Housing Authority to conduct drug sales.

The charge of conspiracy to distribute and to possess with intent to distribute 40 grams or more of fentanyl carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and up to 40 years in prison, at least four years of supervised release and a fine of up to $5 million.

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