A 24-year postal employee was arrested Thursday on charges he was delivering cocaine that was shipped from Puerto Rico to Orlando.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service began investigating Robert Hunt Jr. last week, when inspectors at an Orlando processing and distribution center found four parcels they suspected contained drugs.
Three of the packages contained street addresses but not a specific apartment number, which is a sign the parcels were going to be handed off to someone during the letter carrier’s route, court records show. The fourth package was mailed to the address of a Sports Authority near the other addresses.
Investigators brought in a narcotics K-9 to inspect the packages, which alerted to the presence of illegal drugs.
Court records state agents arranged for the four packages to be returned to the mail stream without alerting Hunt, the assigned carrier.
On Sept. 7, authorities watched Hunt as he took the four packages to his postal vehicle, left the post office, and drove to an apartment complex off Sand Lake Point Loop in Orlando.
He parked at the apartment complex’s mailbox area and started to deliver mail to the boxes.
Agents watched as a Toyota Venza, occupied by Hector Roman-Diaz and Ernesto Rodriguez-Jimenez, pulled up.
Hunt took the four parcels to the Toyota and handed them to Rodriguez-Jimenez, who then handed Hunt $800, court records show.
All three men were arrested.
A Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation agent opened one of the parcels and confirmed cocaine was inside.
Hunt, Roman-Diaz, and Rodriguez-Jimenez were each face a federal drug charge. They made their initial court appearances Thursday and remain jailed.