Two UPS Employees From Texas Charged With Trafficking Cocaine


Two UPS workers and three other people were apprehended after being accused of trafficking cocaine via shipping packages, a U.S. Attorney has said.

49-year-old Orlando  Candelario Almanza and 51-year-old Fidencio Salinas Jr., United Parcel Service workers from Texas, were apprehended with the others last week.

Those other three people who were charged include Javier Mendoza, 48; Jose Lozano, 58; and Enrique Gamez, 45. They have been accused of teaming up with Salinas and Almanza to traffic packages of cocaine on several occasions between March and October of 2022. Mendoza is said to have provided the packages of cocaine to the UPS workers. Lozano is said to have given fake labels for the packages, and Gamez kept the cocaine in his residence prior to it being transported.

Police seized nearly 60 kilograms of cocaine supposedly trafficked by the group.

All of the men are facing charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. If they are found guilty, they could face life in prison and a $10 million fine.

“We are aware of the incident involving two UPS employees, and we’re cooperating with the investigation…,” UPS said through a statement.



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