August 18, 2014

2 heroin dealers sentenced in North Texas drug deaths

Two heroin dealers provided the drug that resulted in the deaths of five North Texas residents in 2011 and 2012, federal officials said.

Two heroin dealers were sentenced to federal prison Monday for providing the drugs that caused five deaths in 2011 and 2012.

Misael Perla, 26, of Irving was sentenced to 25 years, and Hugo Sanchez, 25, of Dallas was sentenced to 30 years, the U.S. attorney’s office said in a news release.

Perla, also known as “Irving” and “Weasal,” pleaded guilty in January to two counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute, the use of which led to the deaths of Alexandra Julia Moreno, 20, of Irving in July 2012 and Cassidy Seward, 18, of Grapevine in August 2012.

Federal court documents provided some details of the cases against Perla.

Moreno met Perla at a club and was staying with him at his mother’s home in Irving. The night of July 12, 2012, Perla provided her with heroin and then watched as she used it in front of him, according to the court documents.

Later that night and into early morning, Perla tried several times to wake Moreno, becoming concerned that she had overdosed on the drug. He dropped her off at an Irving hospital, where she died.

An autopsy report said she “died as the result of the toxic effects of heroin,” according to the federal documents.

Perla had a longtime relationship with Seward, and she stayed with him the night of Aug. 26, 2012, the documents say. When she left the next morning to go to her mother’s Grapevine house, Perla provided her with heroin.

At her mother’s house, Seward walked into a bathroom and injected some of the heroin from Perla and methamphetamine from Sanchez. After her family found her unresponsive and called 911, she was taken to a hospital, where she later died. The autopsy report said Seward accidentally died from the “mixed drug toxicity” of heroin and methamphetamine.

Perla admitted supplying the heroin the women took before they died, the news release said.

Sanchez, whose nickname is “Juice,” pleaded guilty in April to seven federal counts that ranged from possession of heroin with intent to distribute to possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking offense. Sanchez never admitted to a role in providing drugs that led to Seward’s death or the deaths in 2011 and 2012 of Solina Marin of Irving, Henry Buchanan Wiley II, 21, of Irving and Robert Andrew Nugent II, 21, of Coppell, the news release said.

But prosecutors presented evidence that Sanchez supplied all four with the drugs that led to their deaths.

Prosecutors said Perla and Sanchez worked together in drug trafficking in North Texas in the summers of 2011 and 2012.

On Sept. 13, 2012, agents seized 200 grams of cocaine, 70 grams of heroin, 20 grams of methamphetamine, an AK-47 rifle, an SKS rifle, two pistols, digital scales and other paraphernalia used in drug distribution from a trailer house in Arlington where Sanchez lived, the documents say.

This report includes material from the Star-Telegram archives.

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