UPS Workers Among Those Arrested After Allegedly Transporting Cocaine Through Packages, Authorities Say

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Two UPS workers in Texas were arrested for allegedly transporting cocaine through the city in delivery packages, per CBS News.

Orlando Candelario Almanza, 49, and Fidencio Salinas Jr., 51 were among the five men who were arrested and charged with drug trafficking. The three others charged were 48-year-old Javier Enrique Mendoza, 58-year-old Jose Felipe Lozano, and 45-year-old Enrique Bernardo Gamez, U.S. Attorney Alamdar S. Hamdani said in a statement per the outlet. 

The men are accused of delivering multiple packages of cocaine between March and October of 2022. Mendoza was reportedly the one supplying the cocaine in the packages while Lozano created the fake labels to distribute the products. They all face up to life in prison if convicted and a possible $10 million fine.

According to authorities, they confiscated about 60 kilograms of cocaine that had been moved by the group. All five men have been charged with

“conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute cocaine,”

reports reveal. 

UPS has since released a statement on the incident,

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

they told CBS News. 

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