June 20, 2018
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Belfast man pleads guilty to cocaine ring affiliation

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — A Belfast man admitted Monday in U.S District Court that he was part of a drug ring that distributed cocaine in Waldo County.

Shawn Perito, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy with the intent to distribute more than 500 grams — more than a pound — of cocaine in late 2008 or early 2009, according to court documents.

A sentencing date has not been set.

The drug was obtained from Carlos Flores Zamora, an illegal immigrant from Mexico who lived in the Bronx in New York City, according to court documents.

Perito faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 40 years in federal prison. According to his plea agreement, Perito waived his right to appeal the sentence if it is less than 12 years and seven months.

He has been held without bail since his arrest last month.

Perito was one of four men indicted by a federal grand jury on the same charge. Brothers Christopher Hurley, 29, and Matthew Hurley, both of Belfast and Los Angeles, and Phillip Kelley, 34, of Belfast also were indicted. All but Perito allegedly distributed cocaine between Jan. 1, 2005, and March 20, 2009.

Kelley and Christopher Hurley pleaded not guilty to the conspiracy charge last month. Both are free on unsecured bail.

Matthew Hurley is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in federal court in Bangor.

Although the men were indicted in September, the federal indictment was not unsealed until all four had been arrested. The details of the men’s arrests have not been released, but the Hurleys were arrested out of state, according to court documents.

Zamora, 34, of Mexico and New York City, was sentenced in September to 14 years and four months in federal prison. He admitted running the cocaine distribution ring from his Bronx apartment, according to previously published reports.

He was one of six men who have been sentenced to prison for their involvement in a cocaine distribution ring that brought an estimated 80 pounds of cocaine into Waldo and Knox counties between Jan. 1, 2005, and March 20, 2009, according to court documents.

The indictment of the Hurley brothers, Perito and Kelley brings the number of men charged to 10.

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