HEMLOCK – A Rochester man was arrested on federal charges on Wednesday after signing for a package containing what he allegedly believed was an active drug ingredient in bath salts, but was actually a controlled delivery by police in May.
According to a press release from U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr., Brandon Peralez, 29, of Rochester, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with Unlawful Importation of and Conspiracy to Import Alpha PVP, a Schedule I controlled substance, and Attempted Possession of Alpha PVP with Intent to Distribute.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Noto, who is handling the case, said that according to the complaint, the defendant was arrested in connection with the seizure of two packages sent from China, each containing three kilograms of Alpha PVP.
One of the packages was addressed to Jack Jett, 41, at his residence in Hemlock. Jett was arrested on May 27 after law enforcement executed a controlled delivery of the package to his residence. The complaint further states that Peralez was present at Jett’s residence when the package was delivered and actually signed for the package.
The second package was addressed to Peralez at his residence in Rochester.
The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. District Court Judge Charles Siragusa and was released on bail.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge J. Michael Kennedy, the United States Postal Inspection Service, under the direction of Shelly Binkowski, Inspector in Charge, Boston Division, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Craig Hanesworth, the Hornell Police Department, under the direction of Chief TJ Murray, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction David V. Cole, and the Ontario County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Philip C. Povero.
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