According to a U.S. official, five people were arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine through shipping packages. Attorney. Orlando Candelario Almanza, 49, and Fidencio Salinas Jr., 51, both of Texas, were arrested along with three other people last week, according to U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani made the announcement on Monday.
Authorities said the three other men charged were 48-year-old Javier Enrique Mendoza, 58-year-old Jose Felipe Lozano, and 45-year-old Enrique Bernardo Gamez. According to the news release, the three men allegedly worked with Salinas and Almanza to traffic cocaine packages on multiple occasions.
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The occasions were between March and October of last year. Mendoza allegedly provided the cocaine packages to UPS employees, Lozano allegedly provided fake labels for the packages and Gamez allegedly stored the cocaine in his home before transporting it.
According to justice.gov the release, police seized approximately 60 kilograms of cocaine allegedly trafficked by the group. Prosecutors said all five men face conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine charges. If convicted, they could face life in prison and a $10 million fine.
A UPS spokesperson told CBS News that the company is aware of the charges against Salinas and Almanza and is cooperating with authorities.
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As U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani announced Monday. “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.”
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