Cocaine kilograms sent from Puerto Rico to United States via USPS
As part of a conspiracy to traffic kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to the United States via the mail, a Bristol, Connecticut, man was sentenced to prison.
Federal authorities working an eight-month investigation seized more than 14 kilograms of cocaine shipped from Puerto Rico to destinations in Connecticut and elsewhere in the region, impacting an apparent drug ring in central Connecticut.
After pleading guilty to being part of an international drug trafficking ring that transported kilograms of cocaine from Puerto Rico to Connecticut and Massachusetts, Miguel Freytes, 42, of Bristol was sentenced.
DEA's Hartford Task Force, along with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), executed an investigation that led to Freytes' arrest. As the Department of Justice notes, the investigation began after police obtained evidence that a drug trafficking organization was shipments kilograms of cocaine to Connecticut and Massachusetts via USPS parcels.
Five suspicious packages sent between July and December 2018 to addresses in Connecticut and Massachusetts were intercepted and seized; when the packages were opened, investigators found blocks of cocaine weighing more than a kilogram each.
Often, law enforcement conducted controlled deliveries of seized drugs packages to the addresses of recipients of the packages. Investigators also spied on the addresses at which package recipients lived. Further investigation discovered that Roberto Muniz, of Puerto Rico, had sent the package of cocaine to the defendant(s) in Bristol. Investigators saw Freytes and his accomplices Marcos Mendez and Omar Mendez accepting the delivery of the packages.
As a result of the arrests, approximately 2.5 kilograms of cocaine, packaging materials, and over $150,000 in cash were seized from Freytes and his accomplices. Approximately one kilogram of cocaine was seized from Freytes' residence as well.
Indicting Freytes and a number of his accomplices on January 23, 2019, a federal grand jury alleged conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine.
Two of his accomplices also pleaded guilty, while another two await trial. Our third co-defendant, Freytes, is awaiting trial as well.
Freytes was sentenced to five years in federal prison by the US District Judge Victor A. Bolden on July 15, 2021. The prison term will be followed by four years of supervised release.