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Thursday, March 2, 2023

Texas UPS Employees Charged with Cocaine Trafficking

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat


A total of five people near McAllen, Texas have been arrested on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine, announced Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, Houston Division, and U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani.

Law enforcement seized approximately 60 kilograms of cocaine these individuals allegedly trafficked.

Orlando Candelario Almanza, 49, and Fidencio Salinas Jr., 51, made their initial appearances before US Judge Nadia S. Medrano. Also arrested last week were Javier Enrique Mendoza, 48, and Jose Felipe Lozano, 58. Enrique Bernardo Gamez, 45, was previously in custody on related charges and will make his appearance in the near future.

Salinas and Almanza are both allegedly UPS employees who knowingly transported the packages of cocaine. The charges allege Mendoza provided the packages of cocaine to UPS employees, while Lozano allegedly provided fraudulent labels for the packages. Gamez stored the cocaine at his residence prior to transport, according to the charges.

On multiple occasions between March 24 through Oct. 3, 2022, the indictment alleges the five individuals conspired to transport cocaine through UPS packages. If convicted, they all face up to life in prison and a possible $10 million fine.

The Drug Enforcement Administration, Hidalgo County High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force, and FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Garcia is prosecuting the case.

A spokesperson for UPS stated that they are aware of the charges against Salinas and Almanza and are cooperating with investigators.

"We are aware of the incident involving two UPS employees and we're cooperating with the investigation," UPS said. "As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to make additional comments at this time, but instead defer to investigating authorities."

Source DEA, CBS News


20 comments:

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    1. Damn Cartels del Golfo is active in the USA!

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    2. Always been northern Mexico Golfos and CDN Z rule

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  2. Nutty. Wonder how often this happens. What % of drugs are moved through mail

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    1. Contraband via mail will never die out. Too many packages circulating around the world and little to no overhead cost. A high % of middle n lower level pushers utilize this method.

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    2. Food saver vacuum seal triple wrap some quadruple just to make sure plastic is cheap prison is not.

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    3. Seal it all you want, UPS is a private company and doesn’t need a warrant to open any package…

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    4. Ups does not check and open all packages some gets lost majority touchdowns

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    5. They are still allowed to open any one they please however, regardless of their reasoning… unlike USPS, who requires a warrant — at least so I’ve read*

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  3. https://fb.watch/j29ywFk0CK/?mibextid=gkx3sN

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  4. Anyone know how much these drivers make? What about longevity pay, say they been doing this job for years? Is it worth losing job for what they made in the long run. Wonder if when they get out of prison they had amassed a fortune or enough to not have to work for a long time?

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    1. They make a little over $40 bucks an hour.

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    2. My brother is a ups driver and they start you at 30-35 hr and if you are in the union you get a bunch of benefits as well. Not worth risking your job in my opinion.

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    3. I worked at UPS for over a decade and the made 20 something dollars an hour. Not worth in my mind.

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  5. LIFE! Lmao get outta here with that

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  6. And it was a Lozano ūü§Ē

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  7. What a bunch of idiots UPS is a dream job in the valley and they still screw it up by working as errand boys and crash dummies for the cartel across the river! Por.eso.estamos.como.estamos.en.la.politica.thats why they vote Republican in the RGV.

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