If you were in a particularly charitable mood and didn't know much about the situation, you might credit Misrael Perla with trying to save Alexandra Julia Moreno. He did, after all, rush the 20-year-old Irving woman to the hospital when he discovered her unresponsive in July 2012.
But then you learn that Perla is a drug dealer who provided the heroin Moreno overdosed on, and that he took her to Baylor Medical Center in Irving in the bed of a pickup, handing her off to emergency room personnel and fleeing, and any feeling of sympathy starts to slip away.
Those details are laid out in federal court documents filed after Perla and a suspected accomplice were arrested in December 2012.
Perla had met Moreno at a club a few days earlier, and she was staying with him at his mother's home. One evening, she took some of his heroin and wouldn't wake up. He put her in the bed of the truck the next morning.
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It's not the only death the feds pin on Moreno. A month later another woman he supplied, 18-year-old Cassidy Seward, was found dead by her family. An autopsy report determined that the Grapevine teen died from the "mixed drug toxicity" of heroin and methamphetamine.
Perla, 25, a/k/a "Irving" and "Weasal," pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of possession of heroin with intent to distribute. He faces 20 years to life in prison and a $5 million fine for each.
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