Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb announced Friday the owner of The Blackstone Tap at 81 Water Street and The Usual at 166 Shrewsbury Street pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl and using the proceeds to buy and improve nine properties in Worcester County, Massachusetts from April 2012 to October 2016.
Forty-four-year-old Kevin A. Perry of Worcester was previously convicted of conspiracy to manufacture and distribute Ecstasy. Perry claimed he owned nothing of value, but bragged to something that he had “millions of dollars” of proceeds from drug sales. In 2008, he was released from prison, at which time he returned to dealing in drugs. He sold 2,000 fentanyl pills to a police informant on February 23, according to court records.
Perry used the proceeds from the drug sales to finance his wedding and make structured payments on real estate loans. He reported being a fitness trainer and in June 2015 through January 2016, he collected unemployment benefits.
Perry will be sentenced to between 14 and 16 years in prison and will forfeit his nine properties and more than $510,000.