UPS employees allegedly ran massive drug shipment operation, evading authorities for a decade

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  1. lordmage

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    TUCSON — A group of United Parcel Service employees allegedly helped to import and traffic massive amounts of drugs and counterfeit vaping oils from Mexico during the past decade, part of a scheme that exploited a vulnerability in the company’s distribution system, according to police.

    The lucrative operation at times involved moving thousands of pounds of marijuana and narcotics each week from narco-traffickers into the United States to destinations across the country, using standard cardboard boxes that were carefully routed through the private mail carrier’s trucking and delivery systems, authorities said. The cash the operation generated was used to buy opulent homes, vacations, properties and luxury vehicles, detectives said.
    source:https://www.washingtonpost.com/nati...f432e8-10cb-11ea-bf62-eadd5d11f559_story.html
     
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    more from Fox news citing the Post for the find
    https://www.foxnews.com/us/ups-employees-drug-trafficking-ring-decade
    A group of United Parcel Service (UPS) employees are accused of smuggling shipments of drugs and counterfeit vaping oils from Mexico and distributing the illicit products around the U.S. for at least a decade.

    Authorities arrested 11 people, including four UPS drivers and supervisors, in Tucson, Ariz., for their roles in the alleged smuggling ring, the Department of Homeland Security said. Investigators say the suspects moved thousands of pounds of marijuana and other drugs into the U.S. from Mexico each week using the company's standard cardboard boxes, bypassing security measures.

    Mario Barcelo, a 20-year UPS employee and dispatch supervisor -- was named as the alleged ringleader of the operation. In a news release, the federal authorities said officials learned of the operation in 2017. Barcelo was arrested on Nov. 13.

    Prosecutors said Barcelo, 49, used his position in the Tucson UPS distribution facility to ensure the drug shipments were loaded to the correct trucks and delivered to the intended destinations. Authorities in Tucson had been investigating Barcelo since 2009, The Washington Post reported.

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    A UPS facility in Tucson, Ariz. Several company employees face chanrges in connection with an alleged drug trafficking ring that used trucks to distribute drugs across the U.S. (Google Maps)

    However, they became frustrated when UPS would not cooperate with them to intercept and prevent potential crimes. They cited a 2017 incident in which they were prevented from entering the Tucson facility after learning of an illicit shipment.

    In a statement to Fox News, UPS said it is cooperating with law enforcement but is “not at liberty to discuss the details of the arrests as this is an ongoing investigation.”

    Aside from Barcelo, UPS supervisor Gary Love and drivers Michael Castro and Thomas Mendoza are charged with money laundering, drug possession and drug distribution. Seven others are facing charges on shipping drugs and operating stash houses.

    Raul Garcia Cordova, 47, faces more than a dozen charges. A police raid at his home turned up 50,000 counterfeit vaping pens, a Chevrolet Corvette and a Range Rover.

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    Raul Cordova, 47, is facing more than a dozen charges after his home was raided by authorities.

    Prosecutors said Barcelo and the alleged suspects expand their operation from delivering marijuana to more lucrative drugs and black-market vaping pens.

    Undercover officers posing as drug traffickers contacted Barcelo to ship a fake shipment of ******* in 2018 and 2019. Trackers were placed inside boxes containing the products to documents its movement and the phones of UPS employees were tapped.

    Police also obtained video footage of the group coordinating the operations
     
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    That is what I hate most. Discovered in 2017.how many drugs did the govt let through in the 2 years they investigate.
     
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    Now ask your self if that was not part of those backdoor plans
     
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    You're right
     
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    So of course now the DEA will seize the vehicles and buildings used in the illegal drug smuggling operation?
     
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    Lol. If only in MA. Probably confiscate the employees stuff I'm sure. Because "everything" was bought with the drug money
     
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    ohh I forgot the DEA only seizes private property not corporate property.
     
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    Lol. That's right. Take a federal building to give it back to the feds. Lol
     
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    UPS is a private corporation.
     
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    I wonder if this is going to affect shipment of vape gear thru UPS. All of this feels very much like pieces of a puzzle coming together. But I may be paranoid.
     
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    Vape gear is a tobacco product and if shipping restrictions are changed to include vape stuff as well as cigs...

    from UPS site...

    UPS prohibits the shipment of Cigarettes or Little Cigars (as defined below) to consumers. ... UPS reserves the right to dispose of any Tobacco Product Shipment that Shippers are prohibited from shipping, that UPS is not authorized to accept, that UPS states that it will not accept, or that UPS has a right to refuse.
     

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