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UPS DELIVERS! Cocaine Is Only $1,200 Per Kilo If You Know The Driver

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SAN JUAN — A UPS employee is facing charges related to an alleged Puerto Rico-based cocaine distribution scheme.

Jorge Carrasquillo-Ortiz, 41, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, appeared in Boston’s federal court on Monday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, on multiple occasions, he accepted “large amounts of cash” in exchange for getting boxes containing “multiple kilograms” of cocaine through security to Massachusetts-bound planes.

The charges come after one of Carrasquillo-Ortiz’s alleged associates was arrested for transporting cocaine from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts in March 2016.

That person cooperated with investigators “in the hope of receiving a reduction in his future federal sentence,” according to court documents.

The informant told authorities that he had been transporting cocaine to Massachusetts with the help of a UPS employer, who charged $1,200 per kilo of cocaine successfully shipped.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, the informant then worked with law enforcement to ship “sham” cocaine from Puerto Rico to Massachusetts, allegedly with the help of Carrasquillo-Ortiz, who would text the informant tracking numbers.

Carrasquillo-Ortiz’s attorneys did not return telephone calls seeking comment.

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John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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