Two UPS labor successful southern Texas are portion of a group of 5 arrested for allegedly trafficking cocaine.
Orlando Candelario Almanza, 49, of Edinburg, and Fidencio Salinas Jr., 51, of Pharr, made their first appearances earlier U.S. Magistrate Judge Nadia S. Medrano Monday morning.
Also arrested past week and who made their appearances already were Javier Enrique Mendoza, 48, of Pharr, and Jose Felipe Lozano, 58, of Edinburg. Enrique Bernardo Gamez, 45, of Hidalgo, was antecedently successful custody connected related charges and will make his quality successful nan adjacent future.
The multicount indictment was returned connected Feb. 21 and unsealed upon nan arrests past week.
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UPS labor successful Texas person been charged pinch trafficking cocaine. (Photo by Stephanie Keith/Getty Images / Getty Images)
The 5 are accused of colluding to carrier cocaine done UPS packages betwixt March 24 and Oct. 3, 2022.
Salinas and Almanza are some allegedly UPS employees who knowingly transported nan packages of cocaine. The charges allege Mendoza provided nan packages of cocaine to UPS labor while Lozano allegedly provided fraudulent labels for nan packages. Gamez stored nan cocaine astatine his residence anterior to transport, according to nan charges announced by nan U.S. Attorney's Office Southern District of Texas.
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A full of 5 group person been arrested connected charges of conspiracy to person pinch intent to administer cocaine and possession pinch intent to administer cocaine, announced U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani. (Samuel Corum/Bloomberg via Getty Images / Getty Images)
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Law enforcement seized astir 60 kilograms of cocaine allegedly trafficked by nan group.
If convicted, they each look up to life successful situation and a imaginable $10 cardinal fine.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, Hidalgo County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force and FBI conducted nan investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Garcia is prosecuting nan case.
Fox Business reached retired to UPS for a connection regarding nan allegations but did not perceive backmost by nan clip this communicative was published.