More than $10,000 worth of cocaine uncovered

WEBSTER — Local and federal authorities wrapped up a lengthy investigation, arresting a Lake Street man and uncovering 102 grams of crack cocaine.

William Perez-Crespo, aged 32, was arrested on Tuesday morning and charged with trafficking cocaine, over 100 grams and possession of a Class E substance. In a statement by the Webster Police Department, it was around 7:30 a.m. when local police detectives and officers from the Drug Enforcement Agency’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas task force (DEA HIDTA) executed a search warrant on Perez-Crespo’s vehicle. The vehicle was parked at the Advanced Auto Parts on East Main Street, just more than one mile from Perez-Crespo’s apartment at 37 Lake Street. Police said the search of the vehicle resulted in “a small amount” of crack cocaine being uncovered, leading to the man’s arrest.

Police and DEA HIDTA continued the investigation by executing a search warrant at Perez-Crespo’s apartment, with Millbury K9 Officer Dan Daly and partner Kenzo locating what police described as “a large amount” of crack cocaine in a couch.

According to the Webster Police Department, authorities had been investigating Perez-Crespo for several months as the suspect allegedly made drug deals in the Advanced Auto Parts parking lot while working in the retail auto parts store. Police said the total weight of the crack cocaine recovered was 102 grams, with an estimated street value of $10,000. In addition to the cocaine, police said they uncovered an unspecified amount of prescription pills in Perez-Crespo’s apartment, none of which were prescribed to him.

Perez-Crespo was arraigned Tuesday in Dudley District Court and released on $7,500 bail.

This is not the first time Perez-Crespo has been taken into custody by the Webster Police Department. According to a March 29, 2007 news release from the local department, Perez-Crespo was one of four individuals arrested as part of a lengthy investigation conducted by local and state law enforcement officials. In that incident, Perez-Crespo, then 21-years-old and listed as a resident of Deltona, Fla., was arrested in a Pearl Street apartment along with Benjamin Franklin Wise, Ashley Freudenthal, and Daniel Miller. Perez-Crespo was charged with possession to distribute Class A (heroin), possession to distribute cocaine, possession of dangerous weapons (double edge knives), and conspiracy to violate drug law.

In September 2008, Perez-Crespo was sentenced to two concurrent terms of 18 months in the House of Corrections after pleading guilty to possession of heroin with intent to distribute and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. According to courthouse records, the balance of the sentence was suspended for two years with probation. As conditions of the probation, Perez-Crespo was ordered to undergo drug and alcohol evaluations with any related treatment and counseling as recommended by the probation department, and to submit to drug tests. A charge of possession of a Class E substance was filed after a guilty plea.

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