Flashy coke crime boss Ceferino Perez was said to have made over $1 million lording over a drug operation in where he employed his wife to bag the powder for street sales. As one of the latest and highest profile criminals sentenced under New York’s updated Rockefeller drug law reforms, Perez is staring at a 20 years to life prison term under the “drug kingpin” statute.
Although Perez initially plead not guilty last June to the charges, even with mounting video surveillance evidence against him, Manhattan prosecutors threw the book at the infamously showy kingpin, reports the New York Post. Besides a self-portrait styled much like Al Pacino’s “Scarface” character, the boastful parade of foolishness included Perez’s penchant for oversized diamond and gold jewelry pieces, nine luxury cars and other trinkets that called attention to his illegal trade.
Perez was nabbed last year via a joint eavesdropping and undercover sting between NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s office. On a taped call last March, he was heard instructing his wife, Elsie Detres-Perez, on how to bag the drugs. “My wife needs the money so she is willing to do it,” said Perez smugly of his wife’s hand in his drug trade. Perez was indicted along with 22 other defendants in the case, with the overwhelming majority of them pleading guilty.
Perez treated his yayo trade seriously, boldly offering a delivery service for the goods throughout Harlem in an elaborate cover up. The prosecutors in the case said that Perez was so devoted to his coke ring that he often spent much of his waking hours tending to the business.
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