Ceferino 'Papo' Perez, Cocaine Kingpin and Photoshop Aficionado, Gets 20 Years to Life
Recall Ceferino "Papo" Perez? He's that humble East Harlem coke king who Photoshopped his pic on top of Al Pacino's photo in a Scarface movie poster -- and displayed the masterpiece on his nightstand(!)
Perez, 45, pleaded guilty this month to mastermining a massive cocaine ring, which got busted in June. But today, Seferino got a 20-years-to-life prison sentence, according to Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. Twenty one of his cronies have also been sentenced.
The op was said to include both a $650,000 delivery biz and a $1.1 mil wholesale subsidiary that distributed blow and crack-cocaine to dealers throughout the city for 25 years.
At the time of the bust, cops said that Perez was "very proud of what he's doing, obviously, and he's quite arrogant and narcissistic."
And if you're wondering about that made-for-meme snapshot, it was confiscated from his apartment, along with "diamond-incrusted bling and mountains of cash" during the arrest.
Apparently the long-running setup was pretty sophisticated. From the D.A.:
[Perez] employed a dozen street-level cocaine dealers, working daily shifts, seven days a week. The street-level dealers were provided with "company" cars and cellular telephones, which allowed them to travel throughout Manhattan to make sales. Workers had business cards to distribute to customers, with the cellular telephone number of the cocaine delivery service printed on the face of the card.
The Perez organization maintained stash houses in the Bronx and Westchester County, where narcotics and proceeds of narcotics sales were stored and where multiple kilograms of cocaine were broken down, bagged up, heat sealed and bundled for distribution to the organization's workers. In a representative 45 day period in April and May, 2011, Perez's workers sold in excess of 4,200 bags of powder cocaine, with a street value of more than $80,000.
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