Two individuals with ties to a recent homicide victim were convicted yesterday on serious drug charges.
Troy M. Monteiro, 25, and 22-year-old Ariel S. Price-Perry, both of Central Avenue, East Falmouth, were found guilty in Barnstable Superior Court on two counts each of conspiracy to violate the controlled substances act, possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in commission of a felony, and one count each of possession of heroin with intent to distribute and larceny over $250.
Mr. Monteiro, who has a lengthy criminal record that includes prior drug charges, was sentenced to 10 to 12 years in state prison and must serve 10 years minimum, followed by three years’ probation upon his release. Ms. Price-Perry was held in custody until her sentencing on August 9.
Mr. Monteiro and Ms. Price-Perry were among six people arrested following a multi-jurisdictional drug bust conducted in September 2011.
A team that included members of the Falmouth Police Department’s Drug Task Force and Special Response Team conducted the back-to-back raids on 146 Central Avenue, where the homicides took place, and 148 Central Avenue. Police allegedly seized from the residence four grams of cocaine packaged for distribution, two baggies containing heroin, two baggies of marijuana, a total of $1,331 in cash, a .38-caliber revolver reported stolen in Mashpee, assorted prescription pills, and drug paraphernalia such as baggies and digital scales.
In January a total of 10 drug charges were dismissed by the commonwealth against 57-year-old Veronica J. Perry and 26-year-old Tianna S. Oakley-Perry, both of Central Avenue, and 22-year-old Christina L. Lawrence of Stoughton.
The sixth suspect, 43-year-old Crystal L. Perry, was awaiting trial in superior court along with Mr. Monteiro and Ms. Price-Perry when she was found dead last month in her Central Avenue home, along with 24-year-old Kristofer M. Williams.
Ms. Perry and Mr. Williams were found dead inside the home on June 12, after police responded to reports of a disturbance at the residence. As of this week the Cape and Islands District Attorney’s Office had yet to announce an arrest in the case, or to release the exact causes of death, which have previously been described as “severe blunt and sharp force trauma.”